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Description: The SparkFun Wireless Joystick Kit provides an easy way to control your next XBee project. Before the wireless joystick, radio-controlled projects used hobby RC transmitters, the same ones used for RC cars, boats and planes. The problem with these transmitters is that many aren’t customizable, and the ones that are tend to be too expensive for many of us. The Wireless Joystick Kit offers a custom wireless solution for those who want to control their project their own way.

Equipped with the increasingly popular SAMD21 onboard, all you need is to assemble the SparkFun Wireless Joystick into the configuration you want and add your own XBee and lithium ion battery into the provided sockets. The Wireless Joystick Kit can be assembled into a configuration that utilizes dual joysticks for better RC steering robots (like tanks) or a single joystick configuration with four 12mm momentary pushbuttons (a setup similar to what older game consoles used). We have provided a full Hookup Guide that gives assembly instructions, as well as a tank-steering motor controller tutorial to help get you started!

Note: This kit will need to be assembled before use, so a beginner’s knowledge of soldering will be required. Additionally, in an effort to keep shipping rates down and make this kit available to people throughout the world without delay, there is no XBee or lithium ion battery included.

Get Started with the Wireless Joystick Kit Guide

Kit Includes:

  • 1x Wireless Joystick Board
  • 2x Right Angle Tactile Button
  • 2x Thumb Joysticks
  • 4x Momentary Pushbutton Switch - 12mm

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Customer Comments

  • now if only you still carried these: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/retired/10314

  • It seems to me that the SAMD21 is overkill for this. Wouldn’t a 32u4 work just as well and be cheaper to source the parts for? How much memory and speed do you really need to read several switches and analog inputs then spit the formatted data out over a UART port (to the XBee)?

    Or is ATMEL trying to EOL the 32u4?

    • Also, the configuration of the pins on the SAMD21 is nice giving you a few more options when it comes to configuring the remaining pins that are broken out (more analog, serial, etc.)

    • A 32u4 would work just as well, and the prototype for this board actually did use a 32u4. As it turns out, the SAMD21 is actually less expensive to use and that’s one of the reasons we went with it over a 32u4. We’re still getting our feet wet with the SAMD21 but expect to see it in more future designs.

      I don’t know if ATMEL is planing on EOL the 32u4 anytime, you’d have to ask them that. I haven’t seen any documentation that hints at it going EOL so it should be safe for the time being.

      • Good reasonings from both.

        @CF - yes less expensive (as contrasted to “cheaper”) is preferable.

        @M-Short - I had forgotten about the SAMD21’s flexible pin configurations. Thanx for the reminder.

  • This is really cool, thanks for inventing it.

    Is there a CAD (.step) file of the physical thing available? I’d like to make a thing that goes around it.

  • Your GitHub link is broken.

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Very good kit but...

Works very good but it would be nice if the XBee pins were brought out to pads since some of the XBee variants require extra signals. The small header pads under the XBee appear to be for testing.

It would also be nice if a housing was available or the board size fit an existing housing.

Good kit

This is a good kit - works as designed and, most importantly is fully re-programmable.

We are in the process of making it work using our own firmware (sans arduino) and our own mesh radio. Early days, but if anyone interested we can post back when we have demo.

Related Tutorials

Wireless Joystick Hookup Guide

January 5, 2017

A hookup guide for the SparkFun Wireless Joystick Kit.