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Even though so many games can be played with the keyboard's
arrow keys, for some things nothing's better than a good old
This is a plastic cap that's shaped to fit over the arrow keys. A
joystick protrudes from the top of the cap. Inside the cap, four
correspond to the keys. When the
joystick is moved in a certain direction, the widget
corresponding to that arrow key presses the key. Diagonals
could optionally press a combination of keys, such as
down+left or up+right.
US patent 5640179
A joystick converter apparatus for use with computer keyboard arrow key arrays [xaviergisz, Aug 16 2010]
US patent 4786768
Arrow keys on the keyboard of a desktop computer, computer terminal or displaywriter which control the movement of a cursor are actuated by a manually operated mechanical device resting over the keyboard [xaviergisz, Aug 16 2010]
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 22 2015]
||Sounds like a good idea. It also sounds eerily familiar.
||A press of the [ key, then the + key and the ] key.
||Ah! Thanks, [xaviergisz]. I'll have to get me one of those!
||Yes, very baked, though soooo long ago it has faded into obscurity. These days I believe you can still get it's distant offspring as keyboard overlays for children who can do stuff like move Pirates around a ship that have extensions that press on different keys.
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