Serial Data from a mouse ?

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Dammi, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Dammi

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    Hi guys

    I was wondering what kind of a signal does a Laser USB mouse give? Does it send serial signals like the old ones did?

    The reason for this question is that I want to be able to control a pen with a mouse (using 2 stepper motors forming an XY plane) and I was trying to get the mouse working with HypeTerminal, although I just tried it for a few minutes I didn't find what COM port the mouse was sending too (if any) and in the Device Manager it's not listed on any COM ports. How would I then be able to work with the data from the mouse?

    Any help is greatly appreciated! :)
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
  3. John P

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 14, 2008
    I'm not sure if this is likely to be helpful, but if you're writing code for any kind of Windows program, there will certainly be ways to grab the mouse position. Then you can process that data and send it out to the control apparatus to run your motors.
  4. mcgyvr

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 15, 2009
    very good point actually...