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I've posted about this before, but on the request of another Chess.com user I'll reference it again.
I've built a very simple DIY USB Chessboard. The board uses inexpensive components and interfaces with pretty much any chess software out of the box.
The basic process is on my blog here.
Bottom line, for < $30 you can build a fully functional USB chessboard and play games online or against the computer. It's not a DGT board, but it's inexpensive and great fun.
Is anyone interested in making and selling these? As much as I'd like to make one, I shake too much to deal with small stuff like this.
Thanks for you help in instruction fragilio. I've finally finished mine. Love it! This will be used by our town's chess club.
Video of it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6xVWr-H0ks&feature=youtu.be
I want to make and sell these.. I can probably fund the creation of an initial run of 10-12 out of pocket. PM me if interested.
Looks nice, what kind of switches are under that board? It's a vinyl board im placed over the switches im guessing.
Thanks. small momentary contact switches. You can see them at 1:06 in the vid.
Oh, Okay... first time i watched the video I thought that was the backside of the board... this is the top of the board, at 1:21 i now see the close up of two switches and USB converter chip/board, (some material for spacing) and the vinyl board is placed over this. That dark wood frame around the board is a very nice touch.
For this board - I did not use vinyl. A mousepad board is used.
Interesting... thanks for that tip. built in padding. did you use any extra padding under the board? (around the switches)
I did. I used some air duct vent filter material.
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