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Reviving an old joystick with an Arduino Leonardo

When I found this ancient QuickShot Joystick which seemed to be still in working order, I just had to make it work again. Of course, no modern computer knows how to interface with such a dinosaur, so I build a “translator” system using and Arduino Leonardo. Here’s how.

Quickshot joystick
The old Quickshot joystick in all its glory

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Fixing a Bug

One of the benefits of playing with electronics and Making is that with time, you can start fixing gadgets around the house. I’m not talking about home appliances – these could really harm you if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing – but there are plenty of other opportunities. Take, for instance, this Remote Controlled¬† Beetle toy:

The Remote Controlled Bug
The Bug: A Remote Controlled Beetle

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