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Itszutak  ·  2096 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Welcome to Hubski, redditors! Tell us about yourselves.


I'm a senior undergraduate mechanical engineer at UC Davis...hoping to graduate in a quarter or two. I'm currently working on making a trackball that doesn't suck for gaming, and in my spare time I work on unraveling the development tools behind Counter-Strike: GO in the hopes of making a neat map. I'm also an active member of the bay area furry community, so feel free to ask me about that. My character is a pangolin-dragon.

This community kinda reminds me of pre- "web 2.0" internet and I'm really digging that. I might stick around for a bit...I'm also interested in the comment system that seems to be time-weighted as well as vote-weighted, or something. It's interesting and makes me feel like contributing; I always feel like I'm shouting into a hole when I post on a reddit post.

tolvak  ·  2096 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I too love trackball mice, and had to start using them for gaming as my hands / wrist could no longer do regular mice for long periods of time. I've only tried a couple of the Logitech ones. First the Trackman Marble, but that one would make the middle of the back of my hand sore. Second, I tried the M570, and that has worked surprising well. I've reprogrammed the extra up/down buttons to be double click and toggle holding right click respectively, and that has worked well for me and a variety of games.

Which trackballs have your tried for gaming? And what are your goals for the one your are creating?

Itszutak  ·  2096 days ago  ·  link  ·  

On my desk currently are the Kensington Expert Mouse and a Logitech M570. I'm rather unimpressed with both for multiple reasons, and through design iteration have found that my design most closely resembles the discontinued Microsoft Trackball Explorer, although mine has a larger ball and a different scrollwheel, as well as a different switch mechanism for the two pairs of buttons.

My goal is to make one that allows you access to all the buttons without moving your hand, which is a major problem with the Expert Mouse, as well as giving the precision of a large trackball-- which I feel is easiest to achieve with an index-finger controlled trackball. I also want to make it ergonomic, since the Expert Mouse seriously lacks in that front and I still get wrist strain using it.

I think it's a fairly sizeable untapped market and have a lot of faith in this design, assuming I can convince a manufacturer to make it. I'm pretty well along with my first generation of prototypes-- just waiting on Davis's 3d scanners to open up for the month so I can get my clay model digitized.

galen  ·  2096 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If you ever feel like playing some games, check out the Hubski group on Steam! Also Quatrarius and I regularly play CSGO; you're welcome to join if you'd like.

ButterflyEffect  ·  2096 days ago  ·  link  ·  


Looks like we have a few MechE and other engineers coming in, which is great. I have a friend who will be starting graduate school at UC Davis in the fall, I'm hoping to make a stop down there sometime in the next year. Commenting is some kind of weird homebrew that I enjoy a lot, usually comments are only ignored if they don't add anything or everyone is asleep.