Wednesday, November 5, 2008

How too: Make and Use "soap" on your PC

yea i think its about time you all used some "SOAP"

"SOAP" is a 'non static location' universal user application control interface designed to replace clumsy mouse action inputs during presentations and allow freedom of movement for wider screen game apps as well as more precise movements and targeting in first person shooters as well as an alternate to mouse control on MMORPG's such as World of Warcraft & Final Fantasy 11.

Now i was lucky to have an old spare wireless mouse in the house when i discovered this project and have to say im somewhat impressed by the ease of use this mod offers in day to day gaming and work. However be well warned your hands WILL get tired with the constant movement and although it can offer very fast reactions in small scale movements such as targeting head shots in FPS games i found that wider scaled movements and strafing can become a tedious chore as the interface light that allows more dynamic targeting can end up being thrown off by the module covers stitching or even worse due to the turning nature of the unit facing the wrong direction!

One other point of interest is that occasionally you can end up with the module shifting in its "bag" or becoming unresponsive, liberal application and use of Velcro along the lower seem make changing battery's and restarting an unresponsive "SOAP" a breeze.

One last thing, rember you can remove the SOAP bag at any time and utilize the SOAP module as a normal mouse at any time.

Enjoy folks!

I made the smaller universal "SOAP" from a Tiny Brand micro mouse and a LYNX brand roll on deodorant bottle which i cut with a small hand saw and smoothed with some cheap sand paper while using green scouring pad material (with a little of the yellow sponge material left on) to bulk out the module and give a insulated and smooth seal to the inside of the old bottle then covered the whole thing with a white child's sock bought from a thrift store and some Velcro to seal the unit. Despite some easly rectified mirrored controlls (fixed in mouse settings) the device works perfectly.


DoveAlexa said...

And also amazingly beyond me ._.

I'd love to try one out though, but I have bad carpel tunnel so I don't know how long I could manage it. I also don't understand how exactly the rotating of the devise in the sock makes you move around, since the light is facing forward... or was it? Oo

How do you like your soap?

Aries said...

ok as you rotate the device the tracking sensor reads the movement of the material as though you were moving the mouse across a mat thus registering the moving material as input based movement thus rotate the material clockwise it registers movement to the left and vicversa. Honestly its so much easier to do than to describe. And yes i do enjoy playing with and using my soap but i do tend to switch to my regular mouse for hardcore PC gaming purely out of familiarity.