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April 24, 2011
about 2 years ago
While I know this part was retired a long time ago, I have two of them and for as long as they keep kicking I’ll use them in my various wearable art projects. I for one would love to see you resurrect this part. I would buy ten of them as a hedge against future retirement because they are exactly what I need for my projects. (http://anthrolume.com)
While this product did have its drawbacks, I have two of them and they worked great for what I was using them for (http://anthrolume.com). I’m quite sorry to see the product go away - the form factor was really perfect, and the thing was weather and dust-proof. Please replace this product with something that has the same form factor and seven wires without the weird multiplexing.
about 4 years ago
The wire pitch is less than 0.1", but I found that it was pretty easy to crimp an 8-pin IDC connector onto the ribbon cable if you split the conductors and align them carefully.
I too would love it if the LEDs (there are actually four inside the thing) were RGB.
I’m also puzzled by the multiplexing mechanism - all that to save one wire and two diodes? You could have used seven wires(GND, LED, Left, Right, Up, Down, Flame) and no multiplexing. Plus that way you’d be able to detect all the combinations of buttons. With the current schematic, it looks like only combinations of up, down, and flame are detectable.
Nevertheless, it’s a cool gizmo and I’m using it for controlling my anthrolume project (http://anthrolume.wordpress.com).
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