Category:Other inputs

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This page connects information about devices other than keyboards and mice which can be used to interact with computers running Arch Linux. The lists on this page are intended as a quick overview and not meant to be exhaustive.

This category includes

Physical interaction

Devices in this category generally provide input through some use of your arms and legs.

  • Other pointing devices (mouse-like devices)
    • Most mouse-like
      • Trackballs (may also be considered a mouse, though they predate them and the first mice were only the slide around and click type)
      • Pointing sticks (e.g. the red nub, TrackPoint, in the center of ThinkPad keyboards)
    • Slate-like
    • Gyroscopic / accelerometer (e.g. WiiMote)
      • Wireless presenters
  • Game controllers (many are repurposed for other uses as well, e.g. gamepads used to control telescope mounts)
    • Gamepads
    • Joysticks
    • HOTAS (Hands-on-Throttle and Stick, used for flight simulators)
    • Pedals / Rudders / Foot controls
    • Steering Wheels

Audio interaction

Devices in this category generally provide input through use of your voice and/or limbs, or allow recording audio from instruments or the environment. See Sound system for tools to handle these devices.

  • Microphones
    • Instrument amplifiers (e.g. the line in from an electric guitar)
  • MIDI Devices (e.g. musical keyboards and synthesizers)

Visual interaction

Devices in this category generally capture light in snaps/frames (e.g. press a button to capture an image), in video (e.g. periodic or continuous recording), or provide some sort of light analysis (e.g. light meter).

  • Webcams
  • Scanners
  • Security cameras
  • Self-contained cameras with a means of direct connection to the computer (e.g. HDMI, USB, or Wi-Fi)
    • SLR, Mirrorless, Camcorders, etc.
    • Microscopes
    • Telescopes
  • Motion detectors
  • Light meters

Esoteric and bespoke

Devices in this category are unusual or designed for a niche purpose. Examples...

  • Hobby projects with buttons and knobs and custom firmware.
  • Movement trackers
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Eye trackers
  • Brainwave monitors
  • Fingerprint readers
  • Accessibility hardware (e.g. Stephen Hawking's famous vocoder interface)

Some of these are niche now but with future developments may become mainstream.

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