[Nottingham] Arduino (Hardware bit-twiddling fun)

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Thu Feb 14 22:27:22 GMT 2008

Peter Woods wrote:
> I've got (don't ask) a KURTA graphics pad with a((n old)MAC interface))
> (I forget the name of it, it's the mouse i/f on OLD macs.)
> The hardware side of it (as I recall from Google) is simple enough, and
> should be simple to implement on the Arduino.
> (Converting to USB that is.)
> The s/w side of it  probably requires access  to  drivers which will
> only be in Yellow Dog stuff
> (old mac stuff as you know.)

You might find that it's much easier than that even...

If the interface just needs plugging into an RS232 port or whatever ttyS
interface, then you might find that Xorg already supports the device.

How do YDL work it?

Any other examples anywhere?

> I would be interested in mucking in with hardware stuff, but I've no
> idea about YellowDog/mac s/w.
> Anyone interested in helping?

If beer is involved, I'm sure there'd be various help at a fix-it
evening or whatever.

Then again... You can buy brand new USB graphics tablets for reasonably


Martin Lomas
martin at ml1.co.uk

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