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Guide Glowpad Lighter

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Bubba8, 24 Dec 2004.

  1. Bubba8

    Bubba8 What's a Dremel?

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    Well, I suppose you have already seen Glowpads on the Internet, but this is a completely new project. I don´t have my camera now to take photos of my glowpad but nevermind.
    I have connected two LEDs and put them in a plexiglass. It´s nothing new,right :D But I connected those LEDs on my COM port and made a program called "Glowpad Lighter". I made program which can turn your glowpad On and Off. I programmed it in Visual basic. Here are some pics of a program. You can upload your glowpad pic in it, it has a system monitor, you can minimize it to systray etc.

    First have a look at scheme:

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    This is a program when u start it:

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    This is a dialog which appears when u click on settings:

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    Just type your picture path in a box and click on a button, and picture will appear always when u start a program.

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    And something about program:

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    btw this glowpad picture is not mine, I put it here just to test my program.
    You can download a program from this address:

    Glowpad Lighter

    WARNING: Some motherboards COM port can´t handle current over 20mA, so first check your motherboard specs.
    Please report me bugs if you notice any, I didn´t notice them. Please post your future requests here :thumb:
     
  2. Kumo

    Kumo What's a Dremel?

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    Nice Idea!
     
  3. Bboy_Jon

    Bboy_Jon Minimodder

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    isnt plexi a bad surface for optical mice? since it reflects and all that

    you should place some mousing surface on it

    cool idea, if i get leds i may try this
     
  4. Bubba8

    Bubba8 What's a Dremel?

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    Plexi is not good for optical mouses, BUT take some smooth sandpaper and then apply it on the plexy surface and u will get usable pad :thumb:
    I am working on skins for program, you will be able to choose between red, blue, green and yellow skin :clap:
     
  5. Bubba8

    Bubba8 What's a Dremel?

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    I´ve been working on a program and made it skinable :D
    You can choose between blue, red, yellow and green color. Download link is same:

    http://web.vip.hr/bubba091.vip/Glowpad.zip

    There were few minor corrections, I think it will be ok now :thumb:
    And few pics:

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    This is a dialog for skins:

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    Please report me if there are any bugs. Do you like it, please tell me :D
     
  6. offroadracer789

    offroadracer789 What's a Dremel?

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    For optical mouses you can put a regular mouse pad over the glowpad, but leave a border so that the glow pad creates a border around the mouse pad.
     
  7. Burke

    Burke What's a Dremel?

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    Can you take a better pic of the glowpad I cant really see the pic at that angle....
     
  8. Bubba8

    Bubba8 What's a Dremel?

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    I don´t have a camera right now :wallbash:
     
  9. joecaprini

    joecaprini What's a Dremel?

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    I really like the idea! Maybe in the future you could add fx like flickering, pulsing, etc. I've tried things like that, but they've failed. So unless you build me one :D , I'm gonna have to stick with the on/off switch :wallbash:
     
  10. Bboy_Jon

    Bboy_Jon Minimodder

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    heh the pad looks really bad, since theres all those fingerprints :D
     
  11. Bubba8

    Bubba8 What's a Dremel?

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    It´s not mine glowpad :duh:
    btw I´ll give flickering and pulsing a try, it´s great idea :rock:
     
  12. Bboy_Jon

    Bboy_Jon Minimodder

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    man i kinda wanna make one, shoulda ordered leds when i ordered my pots and resistors for my lcd, dam :wallbash:
     
  13. Constructacon

    Constructacon Constructing since 1978

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    Is it possible to use more than one colour? One one each of several channels? If you did 3 (RGB) you could then make red/green/blue/yellow/orange/pink(purple)/white by using combintions of 1/2/3 channels.

    Jsut an idea, don't know if it could be done.
     
  14. Smurphen

    Smurphen What's a Dremel?

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    I get an error when I try to start the app. "Run-time error. Automation error". Do you know what that is?
     
  15. Bubba8

    Bubba8 What's a Dremel?

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    Can you post a screenshot :worried:
     
  16. clearshift

    clearshift What's a Dremel?

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    I was actually thinking of something just like this except for usb the other day for my mouse pad.

    Is there any way to adapt this to control the power of a specific usb port? :confused: I didn't really know where to start looking into it.

    Awsome program anyhow! :thumb:
     
  17. Arjan

    Arjan What's a Dremel?

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    When I open the program, i get this error:

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    I think Smurphen have the same error.
     
  18. Smurphen

    Smurphen What's a Dremel?

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    Yes, its the same problem.

    I'm on to make my own glowpad app. :rock: But I will use the LPT port insted.
     
  19. mottl3y

    mottl3y What's a Dremel?

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    nice idea buddy. you could also make it turn off when the system goes into standby or screesaver etc.
     
  20. Bubba8

    Bubba8 What's a Dremel?

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    I suppose u have Win98, unfortunately I didn´t test it on Win98 :grr:
     
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