I have an old USB gaming device called the Strategic Commander. It was handy for strategy games like Age of Empires - allowing for easy left hand to control of scrolling, panning, zooming and using a variety of programmable hotkeys. Today it's a useless/unsupported/forgotten item that sits in a drawer in my office. I would like to use the device to help navigate in a 3D CAD environment like Blender or 3D Studio Max. On Windows 7 & 8.
Is there any existing research/work available in this area?
Is there an open source driver framework?
Does anyone know Microsoft's official stance on 'hacking' this old hardware?
How should I get started?