The 8-Way Joystick

So why 8 way Joystick, but only 4 sensors?

To give you a bit of background…

What is a Joystick?

A joystick is an input device consisting of a stick that pivots on a base and reports its angle or direction to the device it is controlling. A joystick, also known as the control column, is the principal control device in the cockpit of many civilian and military aircraft, either as a centre stick or side-stick. Wikipedia

Even though the joystick has only has 4 inputs. It is still referred to as an 8 way joystick.

If we look at the main inputs that we have, they would be as follows:

  • 1      Up          (North)
  • 2      Right     (East)
  • 3     Down    (South)
  • 4     Left        (West)

If you press the joy stick in the direction of  45 degrees in the middle of North and East, you will get your 5th function – called up/right

This will then give you the following:

  • 1. Way 1      Up
  • 2. Way 5      Up/Right (@ 45 degrees between the two)
  • 3. Way 2      Right
  • 4. Way 6      Right/Down (@ 45 degrees between the two)
  • 5. Way 3      Down
  • 6. Way 7      Down/Left (@ 45 degrees between the two)
  • 7. Way 4      Left
  • 8. Way 8      Left/Up  (@ 45 degrees between the two)

Please do contact us if you think we should write a small GUI where you can test your controller and it shows you where it will be pointing?

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