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Ok I wasn't sure if this would be the right section so if its not feel free to move it Reggie. I have made a post or two concerning adding a game pad my n810 the best way I could see doing it was making a hard case for the n810 and basically making it look similar to a PSP just a lot bigger and better. The case I chose some might say is a little big since its 9x5x1.7 it will make the n810 unpocketable while attached but I donít plan on keeping it attached all the time just while gaming or when I need it I figure I can keep the n810 in my pocket as always and keep this in my backpack until I need it. I might go down to a case that is 7x5x1.5 but this will also be unpocketable so Iím not sure I think I might need the extra 2 inches for the inside mods.

First off this is more then just a case with game controls. It features mini USB hub, a Control Pad, Game Buttons, and Joystick. Plus it will have a full sized female USB port and a full sized SD card slot. The hub I have has 4 ports so I am considering adding a small HD inside the case by either buying a really expensive 1.8inch HD or a USB thumb drive. Iím almost certain I will need a powered USB hub so I have decided to go with a battery powered one. Iím going to be using rechargeable batteries and Iím going to set it up to charge the hub without opening the case.

Here is the current concept art of what it will look like. I will post models of the USB hub and other parts at a later time once I am certain which ones I will use. If anyone has any suggestions on the design, including the look, size, or any of the parts please post them. I will be ordering the case this week and all the holes will be precut so I will be finalizing the design of the case in the next few days.

I have not decided how to attach the n810 to the case since I want it to sit above not in the case for easy removal and so I can slide screen up for the keyboard.



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Sandisk SD 2GB W/ MicroMate Reader Bundle

6 Inch Fully Rated USB Extension Cable A-a

Logitech Dual Action Game Pad USB or Simular

Case

Cyberpower CP-H420MP USB Hub - 4-Port USB 2.0 480Mbps 1.1/2.0 Compatible - Battery-Powered (Rechargeable)

I'm not 100% sure if these are the parts I will be using or not the hub is kinda bigger then I wanted but if I strip off the case it should do fine.
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with the pandora edging closer and closer to completion, im not sure i see the point. but as long as you have fun doing it, good luck
 
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Well I'm not looking to jump over to a pandora for several reasons one being I can't aford a new system right now.
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Nice project Andrew,
How do you plan to plug you gamepad into the NIT ?
I suppose you'll have to unmount the stand ?
And will you take the buttons and pads from a USB gamepad ?
 
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Nice project Andrew,
How do you plan to plug you gamepad into the NIT ?
I suppose you'll have to unmount the stand ?
And will you take the buttons and pads from a USB gamepad ?
The buttons and pads are going to be stripped out of the gamepad. Then run through the USB hub into the tablet. I wont unmount the stand I'm going to have a slot in the top of the case you unfold the stand and it will insert into the case. I havenít measured how long the stand sticks out from the tablets but I don't think it sticks out more then 1.7 inches. As far as plugging in the hub I havn't decided yet I could either have little bit of the wire and plug sticking out or I can kinda mount the plug on the front of the case and have you kinda slide the tablet onto the plug.
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ok I got the project box I was going to use to do this but its 5.5 x 9 inches so I have several inches on top and bottom of the Nokia when its on this thing. I was thinking about mounting it with the keyboard slide out so it looks like it fits better but what I would really like is a plastic project box that is about as tall as the n810 but about 8 to 9 inches long. If anyone knows of one please let me know.
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Nice project!
Although instead of going through all this trouble wouldnt it be easier to buy a wii-mote, making a thinner case around that (move batteries to some other place) and add it as a whole to your tablet. this will keep the usb free but wont have the other additions you're suggesting.

Dont get me wrong i love your project, just thinking out loud about alternatives
 
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I had considered that and I've been so busy I havn't had time to work on this idea in quit some time. My idea around using a wii mote would be to move the buttons far enough apart to have the n810 sit between the dpad and the bottons. I'm not sure how hard it would be since I have not taken a part any of my wiimotes yet to see.
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