What does a unicycle have to do with a joystick and old computers? At first glance, probably about as much as blue cheese with a pretty potted plant. It looks different if you know Ricardo Quesada's Unijoysticle project:
Here, a conglomerate consisting of C64, a game programmed by Ricardo Quesada called The Uni Games, a smartphone, the self-developed Unijoysticle adapter including WiFi module and a washing machine - um, no, no washing machine, that was just fun - becomes a game of fun of a very special kind. A good sense of balance is required!
The game is played by balancing on the unicycle. An app running on the smartphone is used to forward corresponding sensor data to the adapter via WiFi. Sounds crazy and it is. A demonstration video can be found in the link above.
The game itself was programmed in 100% 6502 Assambler, the firmware for the adapter in 100% C ++. The project itself is not really news either, as it was made public a little more than 5 years ago.
But not everyone wants to play games this way. Many will probably prefer a gamepad to a unicycle, Ricardo Quesada probably thought that too and replaced the WiFi module with a Bluetooth module in Unijoysticle 2. The adapter supports the following gamepads, among others: Sony DualSense, Sony DUALSHOCK 4, Xbox One S, Nintendo Switch Pro, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Android gamepads, PC / Window gamepads, 8BitDo, iCade and more.
Unijoysticle 2 knows a basic mode and an extended mode. In basic mode you control a single joystick port with one Bluetooth adapter, in extended mode you can control both joystick ports with one Bluetooth gamepad and switch between them with the push of a button.
You can find out more about the project on GitHub and get all the relevant information and data there to recreate the project: https://github.com/ricardoquesada/unijoysticle2
News URL: https://github.com/ricardoquesada/unijoysticle2
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News Source URL: https://github.com/ricardoquesada/unijoysticle2
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Unijoysticle 2: DIY adapter for Bluetooth joysticks
Published 08.10.2021 - 11:19 by osz
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