The word "Statera" is Latin for balance and the
number "64" refers to the Commodore 64. So you may draw the
conclusion that this project is for retro computing purposes and
stop reading. But, that's not the whole story behind the
Statera-64. Because this device is based around a microcontroller
that has native USB capabilities it means that it can also be
connected to your PC or anything else that has a USB port. So this
opens up a whole new world of controlling existing games and
programs or new programs that are specifically written for use
with this board. Now this device can detect how it is connected,
if it is connected to an old computer it will go into retro mode
and if it detects a USB connection, it will act like a USB HID
device, like a mouse or game controller.
A long time ago, visiting the local
thrift store, I found three Wii-balance-boards. And instantly the
tinkerer in me was inspired, because these boards were cheap and
looked clean enough to be functional, so I bought them all. I seemed
like a good idea. Because I'm already slightly familiar with the
ESP32, which has Bluetooth, so at that time it seemed to be possible
to use this controller for connecting these balance boards the C64.
To simulate paddles, so that I could play pong using balance boards.
Unfortunately, the whole Bluetooth concept wasn't my cup of tea. So
I abandoned that idea. But the seed was planted in my mind,
Bluetooth or not, this could be a very fun project.