Building a better USB Chessboard

Building a better USB Chessboard

Mar 12, 2012, 5:48 PM 6,550 Reads 8 Comments

After the success (over 5000 views!) of my prior USB Chessboard project, Bryan and Jimmy talked me into going back to the well and putting together a new design. The reason was simple, it's gotten hard to source the Dream Cheeky USB Chessboards, so we wanted something that we could recommend to people months and years into the future.

So, while recovering from a surgery recently I discovered the Teensy USB development board. This simple hardware device could be readily programmed in C and interacts with the computer natively as a USB HID device. It didn't take long to get the first few prototypes out. More importantly thanks to Bryan and Jimmy (Bryan Whitby and James Patterson) we had the bugs worked out and a successful run of the new "Sish" board.

I've started up a new blog on blogger to cover the board, how to build your own, and other interesting chess computer meets real world projects I put together.

Stop on by and take a look, get the code, buy a Teensy, and build your own usb chessboard.

Trust us, it's a lot of fun!



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