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Topic: why couldn't they make these go straight across? (Read 1 time) previous topic - next topic


Oct 18, 2015, 04:56 am Last Edit: Oct 18, 2015, 04:58 am by insignia
why couldn't they make the same thing as this.. except all the buttons straight across?  :(

they made a vertical 4:

just wanted a horizontal 5 straight across module.. :(
Whenever I say "Standalone" - I mean whatever makes it work has to be put onto a perfboard run by a pro mini - so it is a true standalone unit without my actual Arduino mega 2560 attached to make it work..


Super easy to make one similar to the second picture with some tactile switches and a piece of stripboard/perfboard or a prototype shield.


Well, in the first case, probably because it's designed to be a game controller.  Right/left, up/down, fire.  Like billions of video game controllers everywhere.

The other reason is that "cheap" PCB manufacturing tends to have 50mm maximum dimension (60mm x 15mm boards are twice the price of 50x15mm boards, for a hobbyist ordering small quantities.)  And it's tough to fit more than 4 switches into 50mm "comfortably."

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