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Old 05 June 2017, 19:20   #1
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Arduinos

I've just obtained a pair of Arduino Leonardo clones, and I was wondering what kinds of cool amiga/retro related things I could do with them.

I don't know much about coding the arduino besides really basic keyboard input (made a "track and field" controller that was mapped to left/right/ctrl)

I was hoping I could make it pretend to be an Amiga mouse or something.
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Old 05 June 2017, 21:40   #2
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The first that comes to mind is of course the plipbox.
A Arduino that gives you parallel2ethernet.

So you could try to recreate it with your clone-board.

Or how about a ir-remote control for your amiga?

Or a plotter?
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Old 05 June 2017, 22:08   #3
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I'm thinking of coming up with something related to Amiga soon, but I haven't received my Arduino yet.
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Old 06 June 2017, 17:10   #4
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I've made some progress - I've gotten the PS/2 mouse acting quite happily as a PC mouse, so now it's just a case of converting the PS/2 signals to Amiga and sending it down the right wires. Once I'm done I'll provide pinouts for the Arduino Leonardo and a copy of the sketch file for use in the Arduino IDE
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Old 06 June 2017, 18:58   #5
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This may be of interest, if you haven't seen it already
http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=139358.0
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Nice! Also, the other way around would be interesting too - use the Arduino as a USB host and translate keyboard and mouse commands into the native Amiga signals so you can use modern mice and keyboards. You might need to add a USB host shield though, depending on exactly what chip is on the board.
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Old 07 June 2017, 19:37   #7
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I've got the ps/2 mouse sending signals to the amiga, but right now it's SUPER jittery.
It's just about tolerable for Workbench, but for anything more than that it'd be unusable.

Circular motions look like diamonds.

Once I've gotten the code perfected I'll share the code and pinout info, but not until then.

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Nice! Also, the other way around would be interesting too - use the Arduino as a USB host and translate keyboard and mouse commands into the native Amiga signals so you can use modern mice and keyboards. You might need to add a USB host shield though, depending on exactly what chip is on the board.
Not interested in anything USB.

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Old 07 June 2017, 19:51   #8
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Arduino can be great fun and has a ridiculous amount of other sensors that can be attached / used. MPU9150 and NRF24L01 are a couple of my favourites (very cool).

I've made wireless joystick adapters that work on original hardware as well as working as a HID device on modern systems.

The Pro Micro / Leonard is a great board. The Nano and clones may not offer HID support but can be more useful due to more pins / Io etc.

If you want more power memory etc have a look at the STM32 cards
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