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Aug 22, 2006, 04:25 am
I am currently building an application using a joystick and I need help building/finding one. I managed to build one using 4 pushbuttons (one for each direction), but these are taking up too many digital pins, which I need for other things.
I would like to use the variant using 2 potentiometers (one for each axis) like we see in the tutorial here:
. I have never seen something like this before, and I don't really know how it works.
Is the joystick in the picture something you can buy at an electronics store? Does anyone have a part number for a joystick using 2 potentiometers that I can buy?
If not, can anyone give me pointers on how to build something like that? How can you use one "stick" to control 2 potentiometers going in different directions?
Thanks for the help,
Aug 31, 2006, 02:30 pm
You can by potentiometer joysticks. They are sometimes hard to find. Sometimes they are calle "analog joystick".
I recently bought a couple from www.elfa.se search for stock nr 64-135-95
You could also try to find some old IBM or Apple joysticks (very old).
Or go to a fleamarket and find a couple of cheap Wingman joysticks (Logitech i think) ( for PC games), DO NOT BUY THE Wingman DIGITAL.
Aug 31, 2006, 08:57 pm
in germany, you can order joysticks as spare parts from doepfer (www.doepfer.de). i guess this is not the cheapest way, though.
Aug 31, 2006, 09:11 pm
i actually found exactly what i wanted at
just do a search for 'joystick potentiometer'!