Adding a Joystick to the Raspberry Pi

Joysticks are really fun to use. They are also much more intuitive than other input devices. Adding a joystick to your Raspberry Pi opens a lot of new doors. You can now use the Raspberry Pi and the joystick to control a robot, a camera, play games or do whatever you want.

We’ll be using the GrovePi and a Grove Joystick in this guide and show you how easy it is to integrate a joystick in your next Raspberry Pi ProjectAdding a Joystick to the Raspberry Pi

Step 1: Hardware Required

  1. A Raspberry Pi
  2. Grove Pi
  3. Grove Joystick
  4. Grove 4 pin cable

Step 2: Connect the Joystick to the Raspberry Pi

First mount the GrovePi shield on the Raspberry Pi. Then take the Grove Joystick and connect it to the port A0 of the GrovePi. Now power on the Raspberry Pi

Step 3: Setting up the Software

Clone the Grove Pi repository to the Desktop on your Raspberry Pi.

git clone https://github.com/DexterInd/GrovePi.git

Once you have downloaded the repository, go to the /Software/Python folder in the GrovePi folder.

cd GrovePi/Software/Python/

Adding a Joystick to the Raspberry Pi schematic

Step 4: Getting the Data from the Joystick

Just run the Python Program and you’ll start getting the Joystick data back.

sudo python grove_thumb_joystick.py

Move the joystick and you’ll see the data getting updated.

You can now use this Joystick to control your robot, RC airplane or whatever you want to control.

 

For more detail: Adding a Joystick to the Raspberry Pi


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Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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