2 axis joystick from VCR parts

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[eric] has found that he can build a pretty nice 2 axis joystick out of some VCR parts. Specifically, he’s using the idler wheel. When you disassemble the idler wheel, you’ll find that it has a bevelled washer in the perfect location to help with smooth joystick operation. Add a spring and a hole in some wood and you’ve got the basics. All you need to add now are the switches. This is a fantastic example of recycling parts, you never would have guessed that it was made from trash.

Comments

  1. _matt says:

    wonder if he can press >1 directions at once.

  2. khordas says:

    If he needs to be able to press two switches at once, a simple fix would be to replace the round washer on the bottom with a square one.

  3. andrew says:

    he’s using the joystick to change the time on a clock. i really don’t think that requires pressing more than one direction at once.

  4. billybob says:

    if it cant do b, db, d, p, then whats the point

  5. srilyk says:

    This seems like kind of a useless hack. I like the idea of salvaging parts, etc., and using the spring… But it’s not that impressive.

    I mean heck, just use a ball peen hammer and a washer and you can get the same effect. Or a piece of HDPE that’s been sanded smooth. Or a piece of metal soldered to a ball bearing.

    But the idea is somewhat inspiring, so it’s not all worthless :P

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