Hey, Whodda! Yeah, that's me (at least if it's http://www.thingotron.com). Unfortunately I'm out of the SMD prebuilt orbshields and I placed my order for new parts only to find that my supplier's out of the microprocessor until mid-june, so don't expect orb independence until maybe the 4 Jul holiday. I still have some through-hole kits if you're a decent hand with a soldering iron.
But yeah, it works! It's actually better than ever in some respects because if you have some programming skills you can do all sorts of neat tricks (mouse/keyboard emulation for games that don't take joystick) but even as a basic controller it works (and the desk-mounted spaceorbs work too!). Unfortunately a lot of modern games don't use DirectX and I don't directly emulate an x-box controller but there are some workarounds.
Good times! Eventually I may write other software to deal with other serial-based controllers (microsoft Sidewinder still has some fans, for example) and I even did a retrofit kit for the old Thrustmaster FLCS/TQS and friends, but I'm pretty happy with the Orbotron. Learned a ton!