Emulate joystick with Python


Question

I'm trying to use my Arduino as a joystick, but I don't know how to set it as a joystick. I have an idea which is reading data from Arduino with Python and simulating the joystick. How can I implement a virtual joystick using Python? Is there another way?

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3/19/2011 10:55:49 AM

Which flavor Arduino?

First, you need an Uno model, see: http://arduino.cc/blog/2010/09/24/dinner-is-ready/

We replaced the aging FTDI chipset with a custom made usb-serial converter built with an Atmel ATmega8U2 this provides lower latency and doesn’t require to install any drivers on mac and linux (on windows all you need is a simple .inf file) more advanced users will be able to reprogram the USB chip to make the board show up as a variety of USB devices (Keyboards, Mice, Joysticks, MIDI etc)

Older models could only show up as serial ports (through the FTDI chipset).

Next, there's an article which shows how to emulate a joystick on the Uno (you will need to register on the Arduino forums to see the examples). See: http://arduino.cc/blog/2010/10/24/arduino-uno-as-joystick/

Note: you will have to replace the Arduino firmware.

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3/1/2011 12:43:04 AM

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