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4.1 Toggle the Joystick

If you play a lot of video games, then you should be very familiar with the Joystick. It is usually used to move the character around, rotate the screen, etc.

The principle behind Joystick’s ability to allow the computer to read our actions is very simple. It can be thought of as consisting of two potentiometers that are perpendicular to each other. These two potentiometers measure the analog value of the joystick vertically and horizontally, resulting in a value (x,y) in a planar right-angle coordinate system.

The joystick of this kit also has a digital input, which is activated when the joystick is pressed.

Required Components

In this project, we need the following components.

It’s definitely convenient to buy a whole kit, here’s the link:

Name

ITEMS IN THIS KIT

LINK

Kepler Kit

450+

Kepler Kit

You can also buy them separately from the links below.

SN

COMPONENT

QUANTITY

LINK

1

Raspberry Pi Pico W

1

BUY

2

Micro USB Cable

1

3

Breadboard

1

BUY

4

Jumper Wires

Several

BUY

5

Resistor

1(10KΩ)

BUY

6

Joystick Module

1

Schematic

sch_joystick

The SW pin is connected to a 10K pull-up resistor, the reason is to be able to get a stable high level on the SW pin (Z axis) when the joystick is not pressed; otherwise the SW is in a suspended state and the output value may vary between 0/1.

Wiring

wiring_joystick

Code

Note

  • Open the 4.1_toggle_the_joystick.py file under the path of kepler-kit-main/micropython or copy this code into Thonny, then click “Run Current Script” or simply press F5 to run it.

  • Don’t forget to click on the “MicroPython (Raspberry Pi Pico)” interpreter in the bottom right corner.

  • For detailed tutorials, please refer to Open and Run Code Directly.

import machine
import utime

x_joystick = machine.ADC(27)
y_joystick = machine.ADC(26)
z_switch = machine.Pin(22,machine.Pin.IN)

while True:
    x_value = x_joystick.read_u16()
    y_value = y_joystick.read_u16()
    z_value = z_switch.value()
    print(x_value,y_value,z_value)
    utime.sleep_ms(200)

After the program runs, the Shell prints out the x,y,z values of joystick.

  • The x-axis and y-axis values are analog values that vary from 0 to 65535.

  • The Z-axis is a digital value with a status of 1 or 0.