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Manual Arrow Keys to Joystick Converter

For when the arrow keys don't provide enough tactile feedback.
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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 joystick.

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 downwards-pressing widgets 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.

DrWorm, Aug 16 2010

US patent 5640179 http://v3.espacenet...US&NR=5640179A&KC=A
A joystick converter apparatus for use with computer keyboard arrow key arrays [xaviergisz, Aug 16 2010]

US patent 4786768 http://v3.espacenet...US&NR=4786768A&KC=A
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]

Keyboard Joystick. http://imgur.com/gallery/Ppt7giR
[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.
baconbrain, Aug 16 2010

       Ah! Thanks, [xaviergisz]. I'll have to get me one of those!
DrWorm, Aug 16 2010

       hah! nice [+]
FlyingToaster, Aug 16 2010

       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.
MisterQED, Aug 16 2010

       Links are dead.
Picture's worth a thousand words. [link]


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