The Biggest Joystick

The Italian creator of the Udoo Raspberry Pi board, Michelangelo Guarise, was at the Maker Faire in New York this weekend with a special treat: something that appears to be one of the biggest working joysticks in the world. Built by the Udoo team, the massive stick and two Frisbee buttons allowed children of all ages to play emulated games on a little LCD screen connected to Guarise’s creation.

Udoo, as you’ll remember, is a Raspberry Pi clone with a number of digital and analog I/Os as well as a built-in Arduino system. This means you can control lots of electronic gadgets via an easy-to-use interface. While you don’t necessary need and Udoo to build the aforementioned joystick, being able to add relays directly to the board helped out considerably.

This is one of the first times Udoo has exhibited in the States and it looks like the team is planning to update the board and the software over the next few months, adding some interesting new features. It is, in short, a hardware hackers boon and a lot of fun to build with and use, as evidenced by the jolly kidlings lined up to play at Udoo’s booth.