Just received this from Andy Powell.
I spotted this on a recent surfing expedition. Essentially it’s a keyboard encoder which would allow you to add your own button interface to a PC. Touted as an accessory for Arcade Game builders I think it could still have uses for HA, for example how about a PC based MP3 Jukebox? The unit has a passthru so you can have a keyboard connected too although a keyboard is not required – even at bootup. It has both USB and mini din interfaces”… Here is a summary from the site:
The I-PAC (Interface for Pc to Arcade Controls) is a board which allows connection of arcade controls such as buttons and joysticks to a keyboard port or USB port on a PC motherboard. It was designed around the MAME emulator which supports over 1000 arcade games and can be used with other emulators.
It is designed to be used inside an Arcade Games cabinet with the PC motherboard also mounted inside, but could just as easily be used with simply a control panel without a cabinet.
I-PAC Arcade Control Interface. Includes both PS/2 and USB cables. 28 inputs £31
I-PAC Arcade Control Interface. Includes both PS/2 and USB cables. 56 inputs £49