The BeeBox is a robust input device for computer systems that support RS-232 serial inputs. It is an attractive alternative to the conventional mouse for applications requiring the movement of a vehicle or an eye point in three-dimensional space with precise proportional control:
A two or three axis joystick is packaged in a rugged aluminum case with one or two levers (for either speed or height control) and 4 push buttons. This combination provides easy control of an eye point in 3-D space, with the joystick controlling x-y position and the lever providing z position. Rotations can be provided by the same controls in combination with a button press. This joystick and lever could provide pitch, roll and throttle for aircraft simulation, or steering, brake and throttle for ground vehicle simulation.
The joystick and the lever provide analog outputs that are converted to twelve bit digital values by the LV824 circuit board inside the BeeBox. These values are then sent to the host computer using standard RS-232 protocol.