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I wanted an easy way to control my robots servo so i googled for a suitable solution but couldn't find one. so i decided to use my old ps2 controller for this purpose and it worked perfectly.

So here is a step by step guide for you to do the same..Hope you'll like it.. :)

Step 1: Thing You'll Need

1. Arduino UNO or any other arduino with pwm output x1

2. Breadboard x1

3. Hookup wires

4. Servo motors x1-4 (you can control upto four servo with this code)

5. Power source for Servos(arduino can't supply enough current,i used a variable voltage battery eliminator)

6. Play station 2 controller(I used wireless controller).

7. Soldering iron (For making a connector for ps2 controller,Skip this if you already have connector)

8. PC with Arduino IDE installed

9. Bill Porter's ps2x lib installed (Download it from here).

Step 2: Making the Connector

i'm not gonna explain this one in detail. Well i made my one with a broken ps2 multitap (luckily i found one laying around).So basically what i did here is that,i de-soldered the female connector from multitap and soldered some hookup wires and male headers with it

Step 3: The Circuit

Circuit here is pretty simple.just the connect the servo in the following manner :-

servo 1------------------> Arduino digital pin 9

servo 2------------------> Arduino digital pin 6

servo 3------------------> Arduino digital pin 5

servo 4------------------> Arduino digital pin 3

Now connect ps2 controller to arduino

Data-------------> Arduino digital pin 12

Clock------------> Arduino digital pin 13

Attention--------> Arduino digital pin 10

Command------> Arduino digital pin 11

Note- If you use external power source for the servos then don't forget to join GND of both arduino and power source.

Step 4: Arduino Code !!!

Now just upload this code to your arduino and you're ready to roll

Step 5: Troubleshooting

1. No controller Found -

check your wiring again or check this LINK for possible solutions

2. Servo jittering -

Try to feed servo with external power source.

Still have some issue???Feel free to comment and I'll try my best to solve it.

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<p>I tried to make this but I keep getting no controller found. I am using the lynxmotion ps2 controller (possible v2) with its receiver (a little black rectangle). I didn't use the connector that you showed above because I don't really understand what you did there. </p><p>The &quot;pairing&quot; light on my controller and receiver goes from blinking to solid after a little while. I assume this means that they are pairing properly. I would appreciate any help you can offer.</p>
<p>Muito bom para aprender a usar o Joystick do PS2 no Arduino.</p><p>S&Oacute; ESQUECERAM DOS RESISTORES PULLUP DO +5V PARA OS PINOS data e clock do joystick, pois sem eles n&atilde;o funciona !!</p>
<p>Is it possible to control those 2 servos with a RC I salvaged from a totaled RC car? In other words, can this be radio controlled instead of wired with a remote?</p>
<p>Hello,<br><br>Super your tutorial it made me much progress on my project.<br>I have a question, is it possible to control 6 servo motor.<br>4 with the joystick as currently and 2 by two buttons on the PS2 controller.<br><br>Can we vary the speed of the servo motor rather than the position because I need precision during movement.<br><br>I'm not very good at code all help is welcome: D, just give me the tracks if possible.<br>The project is to control a robotic arm with a clamp and a camera that can rotate left or right.<br><br>Thanking you in advance.</p>
<p>Hello,<br><br>Super your tutorial it made me much progress on my project.<br>I have a question, is it possible to control 6 servo motor.<br>4 with the joystick as currently and 2 by two buttons on the PS2 controller.<br><br>Can we vary the speed of the servo motor rather than the position because I need precision during movement.<br><br>I'm not very good at code all help is welcome: D, just give me the tracks if possible.<br>The project is to control a robotic arm with a clamp and a camera that can rotate left or right.<br><br>Thanking you in advance.</p>
can you plz send me the entire code......<br>
<p>Hello, what about PS3 controller?. It&acute;s posible create a file code to control 4 servos to a Drone?! Awasome !</p>
<p>well my code works only for ps2 controller, but yeah their are other instructables for ps3 controller as well ,you can give them a try. and with my code you can control up to 4 servo easily.</p>
<p>Great idea! :D can I make this with arduino with atmega2560?</p>
yes.. you can make one
<p>I'd love to see if this could be expanded to control a houseboat with inboard screws and a gearbox to let them run independently from each other, to have it run like a zero-turning-radius mower or a tread hoe.</p>
pretty sure it could but that would be one ugly engraving.
Make it control a riding mower and you never have to actually mow ever agin!&iexcl;!!
<p>haha with a failsafe kill switch... otherwise, run-away lawnmower!!</p>
<p>Awesome Idea!</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing this *REALLY NICE IDEA* ! ! !</p><p>I wonder if it could be used to drive a Laser engraver CNC!</p><p>really nice &amp; useful tipo to recicle old devices!!!</p>
<p>thanks mario59 </p>
didnt understand the multitap point. kindly explain it in detail
<p>its very simple buddy, when I took out the female connector from the multitap I found 9 pins on the back side of it as you can see in the pictures then soldered wires on each of that pin along with male headers.That's it !!!</p>
Hey thanks for sharing this project its really a nice project
<p>I made a similar project so many years ago, but using an AT90S2313 to control 8 servos. Never got around with the wireless controller protocol not working, so ended up with a wired setup for servo testing.</p><p>Thanks for this instructable!</p>
<p>I'm glad you like it :)</p>
<p>Really cool project! Thanks for sharing! </p>

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