Aug 142017

SmallyMouse2 logoModern RISC OS systems tend to come equipped with a number of USB ports, one of which is normally used to connect the mouse to the computer.

However, this wasn’t always the case – USB was first introduced in the mid-1990s, and the Acorn Archimedes first appeared in 1987; Acorn didn’t have the option of USB, and instead designed the Archimedes, RiscPC, and all the variants, to use a quadrature mouse.

The BBC Micro, of course, is an older computer again and in its case, if you had a mouse, it was probably connected via the user port.

Putting on his 4D hat, Chris Evans has brought out a new mouse interface – the SmallyMouse2, designed by Simon Inns. This connects tot the mouse socket on Acorn RISC OS systems, or the user port on a BBC Micro, and presents a fully compatible USB interface to which a modern mouse can be connected – even cordless ones.

SmallyMouse2 comes in three flavours:

  • The ‘Acorn’ version: cased, with a cable suitable for connecting to the 9 pin miniDIN mouse socket on Acorn’s RISC OS computers, such as the Archimedes and RiscPC, for £49.00.
  • The ‘BBC’ version: cased, with a cable suitable for connecting to the user port on the BBC range of computers, also priced at £49.00.
  • A bare board version, allowing you to add your own case and cable to connect to other systems with a similar need, but different socket. This version costs £38.00.

4D is not VAT registered, so there is no VAT to add to those prices (and therefore none to reclaim for VAT registered customers), but there will be postage on top of £2.50 for Europe and £3.50 for the rest of the world.

A limited stock of all three versions are available now, with more due next week, and they are available as a bundle with a mouse.

The SmallyMouse2 design and source code are open source, and both are available from Simon Inns, or 4D on the main page for the product given above.

 August 14, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , ,

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