Arduino Yun + Logitech extreme 3d pro joystick

Hi there,

I am very new to arduino Yun. That been said let me explain what I want to achieve with arduino Yun.

I have a logitech extreme 3d pro joystick ( I would like to be able to use this joystick to control few motors on my ROV.

I am trying to connect the joystick to USB-A (USB Host) port on the Yun and be able to read the values and pass it to arduino sketch for further action.

Since I am new to Linino, python and arduino Yun, I do not know where to start.

I will be glad to get anything that would help me start with my project.

Here is the specific questions that I have:

  1. How do I make the joystick work with arduino USB host
  2. How do I read values given by the joystick
  3. What is the best way to pass those values to arduino sketch


You can use the modules available for input devices


Then the joystick should appear in /dev/input/ as event or joyXX. You can open it as a file and read its output, then parse it and obtain wanted values.

To pass the data to your sketch you can use the bridge library or directly the serial connection.

Thank you Angelo9999.

As suggested I have installed those two packages, but I can only see event0 under /dev/input which is always there.

Here is the output when I run the command lsusb

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 058f:6254 Alcor Micro Corp. USB Hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:c215 Logitech, Inc. Extreme 3D Pro
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 058f:6366 Alcor Micro Corp. Multi Flash Reader

I can see that my device is listed under USB 003

If I run lsusb -D /dev/bus/usb/001/003. Here is the output:

Device: ID 046d:c215 Logitech, Inc. Extreme 3D Pro
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               1.10
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceSubClass         0
  bDeviceProtocol         0
  bMaxPacketSize0         8
  idVendor           0x046d Logitech, Inc.
  idProduct          0xc215 Extreme 3D Pro
  bcdDevice           35.00
  iManufacturer           1 Logitech
  iProduct                2 Logitech Extreme 3D Pro
  iSerial                 0
  bNumConfigurations      1
  Configuration Descriptor:
    bLength                 9
    bDescriptorType         2
    wTotalLength           34
    bNumInterfaces          1
    bConfigurationValue     1
    iConfiguration          0
    bmAttributes         0x80
      (Bus Powered)
    MaxPower               30mA
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        0
      bAlternateSetting       0
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass         3 Human Interface Device
      bInterfaceSubClass      0 No Subclass
      bInterfaceProtocol      0 None
      iInterface              0
        HID Device Descriptor:
          bLength                 9
          bDescriptorType        33
          bcdHID               1.10
          bCountryCode           33 US
          bNumDescriptors         1
          bDescriptorType        34 Report
          wDescriptorLength     122
         Report Descriptors:
           ** UNAVAILABLE **
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            3
          Transfer Type            Interrupt
          Synch Type               None
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0007  1x 7 bytes
        bInterval              10
Device Status:     0x0000
  (Bus Powered)

Since I can only see /dev/input/event0 regardless of the joystick status. I wonder if my device is installed or initialized correctly.

When I view the file cat /dev/input/event0 its an empty file

I am new to linux, so any help to install/initialize the device would be appreciated.


Anybody ?

Anybody ?

what are you trying to do? /dev/input/event0 is directory to connect to your device. It works like a file handle. You can't see anything until the device is doing something. This is not like the /proc directory.


You should add powered USB Hub between Yun and Joystick , since Yun has hardware bug at USB power line.

confirm /dev/input/event0 is Joystick by plug in and out.

cat /dev/input/event0  | hexdump     #continuous dumping of raw (useless) hex data

confirm /dev/input/event0 output while you move the joystick.

Use Python evdev to capture/decode data.

./ '/dev/input/event0'