Friday, September 4, 2009

Blue LED Mouse

I fixed my mouse!

"Wait, what? And you are writing a post about that?"

Ok ok, not very spectacular. I agree. But I replaced the broken red LED with a blue one!
Still not excited? Ok, you may leave.

For the rest of you, here is a picture.

For those that are interested: the scroll wheel works with an infrared emitter and receiver. The infrared light is blocked and unblocked for every scroll "click". I did not know this, so I thought I'd share it with you. To be honest, I never really gave it any thought..

For people that like salvaging parts, here is a list of parts you can probably salvage from a broken optical mouse:

  • Several pushbuttons

  • A tiny camera with crappy resolution

  • Infrared receiver and emitter

  • An LED.. :)

  • USB cable [with one half missing]

  • Some chips, but I'm not sure if they will be helpful, or if you will be able to find datasheets

Mind you, it's a broken mouse. So some parts may not work :D

1 comment:

  1. nice to know what's going on at house while i'm away