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Description: This is a resistive analog joystick, very similar to those found on the PSP1000. These compact joysticks are different in that they have a very interesting ‘slide’ feeling.
For wiring this part, if you look at the device from the bottom the pin out goes
Pin 4 is the pin closest to the 2 mounting tabs found on one side of the device. When connected to an Arduino, you can expect a range of about 128 to 775 on each axis.
The rubber thumb pad is removable if you desire.
The pads are spaced by 2mm, but it is possible to get our 2.54mm headers connected with a bit of bending.
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I’ve bought a handful of these over the past couple of months and find them to be sometimes unreliable. Some will work great and others not at all. The contacts inside are also very sensitive to bending, even slightly, so take care if removing the PCB to do some soldering (soldering without removing the PCB is not a good idea, as the joystick can deform/melt).
Otherwise, when the are working, they are great because of their size and cool slide mechanism.
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The nub is up and facing you (so your face is parallel and hovering over the nub?). The pins on the bottom away from you and pointing to your chest (so your chest has been removed from your body so these pins can now point towards your chest as suggested because I assume they are still away from you). All sounds really uncomfortable. Technical writer… you are not.