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We have a purchase for 150 units. We expect some of these to arrive next on May 5, 2014.

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Description: This is a heavy-duty joystick very similar to the ones in claw arcade games. Directional movements are momentary limit switches - one for each direction. This joystick also has a select button that is actuated when the red button is pressed down.

This joystick is pretty beefy and very tall because of it. We built up an enclosure just to see what it would look like. Ideally, this joystick would be panel mounted, but actually reading the movement of the joystick is as simple as setting up the microcontroller to read five switches.

Dimensions:

  • Joystick height: 79mm
  • Overall height: 190mm
  • Base: 61.5mm square

Comments 18 comments

  • This seems like a dumb question to me, but can these things move in 8 directions or just four?

  • this + Leonardo

  • Is there a data sheet for this? Links? Anything? I would like more detailed info on it’s dimensions. Also, is there any help for hooking this up to an Arduino?

    • I know this is a late reply, but for anyone else wondering, this does come with a datasheet when shipped. The switches are very basic-the only complicating part is keeping your wires and directions straight when hooking up all 5 of them.

  • Looking to use these with a GPIO with and Altera DE2 Board, any advice? I’m trying to figure out exactly how I would connect it, what is the connection specs on this?

  • Has anyone ever used these with 48V or higher? I need to know if these can handle 48V @ 3.1A.

    • Possibly. The 48V part, yes. But I’m not so sure about the 3.1A part.

      *If Sparkfun could tell us the microswitch part# (hard to see in picture) maybe we could figure out.*

  • I would love to see some joystick potentiometers in stock here at SparkFun, for that smooth linear action we’ve come to expect in robotic camera controllers. Or maybe I’m the only one making a robotic camera controller.

  • This thing is really cool. Really simple to use, too. Just five NO momentary switches.
    It comes with the 4-way restrictor plate, as Gregr said, and also the bolts in the photo.

    • Hey Sciguy, can you help this newby with some simple instructions to hook this joystick up to my Arduino board? Or suggest a link with instructions? THANKS!

      • WELP, this is a few months late from a different guy, but I can give some simple directions. On these, you’ll find five microswitches (one in each corner for directions, then one on the shaft for the button) each with 2 NO contacts. Hook GND to one terminal of each, then hook a separate arduino pin to each of the switches on the other terminal. Then, treat each pin like a normal button. Remember that the switches are opposite the direction of movement (so down actuates the top switch &c.).

        • Thanks, Sal! You’re right – I was so totally frustrated with the mess of wires and lack of signal in the direction I was moving the joystick that didn’t even notice the signal in the opposite direction.

          THANKS for your late but EXTREMELY helpful response!

  • Comes with a 4-way restrictor plate too.

  • Got to be a sellout record… When do you expect to receive new stock?


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