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I was playing a video game on my PC and found that my poor little fingers were getting sore from pressing the WASD keys.  Since I am playing this game a lot perhaps I could find a way to ease the pain by using a joystick or gamepad.  I already have a couple of old gamepads lying around that won't work due to compatibility issues so I was reluctant to buy a new one.  So I made a little joystick that can be placed on the keyboard.  It is light weight and portable, no cables to plug in and there is no need to download any drivers.  Just set it on your keyboard and it is ready to go.

Bonus: I created a 3d model of the joystick.  See step 5 below!

Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need
  • Coat hanger
  • Sugru or make you can make your own here. You can also make it with clay but you will likely need to but some rubber feet on the bottom to grip the keys batter.
  • Thinner wire (20 gauge)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Plastic wrap
 
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i remember having seen a keyboard that had a joystick on the arow buttons as plugon:

http://i.imgur.com/Quj8Rzp.png

this was around 10 years ago

ChrysN (author)  Darknessblade.14 days ago

Nice, I like it. I guess there wasn't much of a demand for it.

Corinbw4 months ago

umm you should probably patent and sell this idea before someone else makes millions off the idea.

its already a product and it failed bigtime

myrrhmaid9 months ago

Watch out for zombies-you got brains!!!

i made mine with play station like joystick controler head
ChrysN (author)  boksburgbommer1 year ago

Nice, that sounds really cool!

This is so smart! I play Minecraft, and this is so helpful!
This is brilliant!
ChrysN (author)  asdfghjkl5932 years ago
Thanks!
karalalala3 years ago
Simple & totally genius!
ChrysN (author)  karalalala3 years ago
Thanks!
may i ask what game you are playing? because i know of a game that can do the same thing to me! :)
ChrysN (author)  papercrafter4083 years ago
I'm playing Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, you spend a lot of time running around a large open world. How about you, is it Minecraft?
yes, it is minecraft! same here with the running around! you can literally do anything you want... until a creeper comes by and messes it all up...
omg I wish i had seen this a loooooong time ago! U R AMAZING!!! =(^..^)= purrrrrrrrrrr!

ChrysN (author)  GASHLYCRUMBTINY3 years ago
Thanks! I like your ASCII cat
Awwww ty! n I voted 4 ya! =D
n-2-stuff3 years ago
This is one of those things you go why didn't I think of that. Awesome. You got my vote.
ChrysN (author)  n-2-stuff3 years ago
Thanks!
neil17013 years ago
back in the 80s,you used to get a thingiemajig for sinclair computers like the zx81/TS1000 or ZX Spectrum 48k/TS2000 which was like your creation but it stuck on over the 5,6,7,8 and possibly 9 key for fire.I never had one myself,i had a C64 with 2 x Konix Navigator joysticks,but i think this was called a Sinclir Cursor Joystick,probably made by datel or Dk'Tronics or Fuller or CDS microsystems.You could probably find a picture of it on a Sinclair computers retro-computing website....
Another option besides Sugru for silicone rubber is EasyMold. It's a 2-part mix (as in it comes in 2 jars and you have to mix equal amounts of each) so it doesn't start setting once you open the container, so it can last longer. Only drawback is that the only colour option is purple. http://eti-usa.com/easymold-silicone-putty/
ChrysN (author)  xenobiologista3 years ago
That looks really good, coincidentally I was looking for something to use for a food safe mold for another project, thanks for the link.
It's fun stuff, I've made a bouncy case of it for my ebook reader, which is an unusual brand and needed a slot to keep its stylus in. My only other complaint is that the working time, once mixed, is a bit short (3 minutes).
blueaxe3 years ago
I'd be willing to bet a similar device could be fabricated using wooden dowels and a small plywood disc. Very clever though, I always applaud creativity. Kudos!!
ChrysN (author)  blueaxe3 years ago
Yes, wood can be used for this too.
Matheus98bp3 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE0AXDOQHIA&feature=plcp
Manny B3 years ago
I'm soiling myself on how clever this is.
13blue3 years ago
Frik-in Gene-yus!
xanxor3 years ago
GOTTA GRIP DAT KEY BATTER!!!
this is cool! i say patent it, and try to market it. you could sell millions of them. all hail the keystick!
It's nice to see a home-made one, but it can't be patented.

The original "Keystick" was released in the 80s. It had a small flat pad that adhered to the number [Keypadfive] and the Keystick slipped into it operating the 2, 4, 6, and 8 arrows on the numeric pad. It tempted me back then, but as a typist, I didn't want to lose the touch on [Keypadfive], and I didn't (and still don't) play enough games to justify it.

I can state with full knowledge that it existed, because I did try one on someone else's keyboard.

An image search does not turn it up, probably because it died out before the www got started, but I did find this which could probably also be modified to do the "WASD" thing:

http://media.eventhubs.com/images/2011/04/24_keystick.jpg
and that is why most new patents are not new ideas, but improvements of others ideas. as they say in writing, there are no new stories, just new characters. it is still a really neat idea.
I'm not knocking the project, I think it's a fine example of "parallel thinking".
Some addition searching turned up this which is as close to the original as I can find:

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_BQjC9aTBcYk/S99E4G6AC2I/AAAAAAAAATY/i2L3mYWUMg0/s144/stickrender_thumb_large.jpg
ChrysN (author)  handyhippie653 years ago
Keystick, that is a great name for it, thanks!
your welcome. when i saw it, and read about what it does, it just popped into my head.
Kiteman3 years ago
What a cracking idea!

Well done that man!

(Now you need to persuade HQ to 3d print one for you...)
ChrysN (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Yes, perhaps they will run another 3D print giveaway.
randofo ChrysN3 years ago
Just make a 3D model and let me know...
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