PDA

View Full Version : A neat little simming accesory, for 19 dollars...or much less



XyZspineZyX
08-21-2007, 05:28 AM
I just bought a cool little thing that is a useful simming accessory

At Home Depot, while getting things for a project at work, I was in the Electrical section, looking for coaxial connectors

I saw they had things like wireless mice for PCs in the same display, and my attention was drawn to a small keypad like device, by General Electric

It's a remote USB Numpad. It duplicates the Numpad on your keyboard. But is has a auto-retract USB cable on it. The whole thing is the size of a large calculator, about 3/8" thick, 2" wide and 4" long

I figured since the Numpad on the keyboard is all but inaccessible while playing since I'm a rightly, I could take this remote Numpad, and put velcro on the back, then afix it anywhere I liked

It has 20 buttons, and now I can have that 20 button functionality anyplace it like to put it, with the velcro, The velcro was about 6 bucks, and the remote Numpad was about 19

The funny thing is, I thought this was a great deal, until I looked online:

http://meritline.stores.yahoo.net/usb-retractable-number-pad-blue.html

Mine's gray, not blue, and it can be had for next to nothing. Nice little functionality accessory for flight simming

mrsiCkstar
08-21-2007, 06:11 AM
that would be great to have as an ICP for Allied Force

MEGILE
08-21-2007, 06:20 AM
Originally posted by mrsiCkstar:
that would be great to have as an ICP for Allied Force

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Vanderstok
08-21-2007, 06:34 AM
I had the same idea some time ago, but recently I picked up this:

http://www.trust.com/_images/products/500/15078-1.jpg

This one also has a trackball and the ESC key. This is very important, because now I can do all basic IL2 functions (start/stop a game) without using a keybord. I'm going to build it into my simpit soonhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Almost forgot: You'll have to change the key assignments for issueing team orders ("0", "1" etc), but that can all be done in a config file in IL2 folder.

Waldo.Pepper
08-21-2007, 12:26 PM
Wow really nice. I now just need to add another bank of USB ports! I reckon another 12 will do me.

crucislancer
08-21-2007, 03:24 PM
Originally posted by BBB462cid:
I just bought a cool little thing that is a useful simming accessory

At Home Depot, while getting things for a project at work, I was in the Electrical section, looking for coaxial connectors

I saw they had things like wireless mice for PCs in the same display, and my attention was drawn to a small keypad like device, by General Electric

It's a remote USB Numpad. It duplicates the Numpad on your keyboard. But is has a auto-retract USB cable on it. The whole thing is the size of a large calculator, about 3/8" thick, 2" wide and 4" long

I figured since the Numpad on the keyboard is all but inaccessible while playing since I'm a rightly, I could take this remote Numpad, and put velcro on the back, then afix it anywhere I liked

It has 20 buttons, and now I can have that 20 button functionality anyplace it like to put it, with the velcro, The velcro was about 6 bucks, and the remote Numpad was about 19

The funny thing is, I thought this was a great deal, until I looked online:

http://meritline.stores.yahoo.net/usb-retractable-number-pad-blue.html

Mine's gray, not blue, and it can be had for next to nothing. Nice little functionality accessory for flight simming

I was thinking about picking up something like this for all my engine controls, since I'm strapped for cash. Thanks for the link! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

VF-17_Jolly
08-21-2007, 04:45 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v435/POLISH_PILOT/01425sz1i16064500.jpg
I use one of these because there is enough room(just) to put Dymo labels on it

Trigger_88
08-21-2007, 11:02 PM
Nice! Like having an R2D2 in your spit or stang http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/typing.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

Capt.LoneRanger
08-21-2007, 11:18 PM
I use a USB-Notepad for years, now, primarily for ego-shooters, though. The best thing about it: You can map 10 buttons double by enabling and disabling NumLock.

More than enough buttons even for RedOrchestra and AmericasArmy.

In IL2 I used that primarily for controlling the bombardier position.

zardozid
08-22-2007, 06:04 AM
<span class="ev_code_GREEN">$6.00???</span> Wow, that could be one of the cheapest bits of gear ever...

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif