ThinkGeek lets you add arcade sticks to your tablet

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ThinkGeek has a nice new product called the Joystick-it, which is essentially a arcade joystick for your (capacitive touchscreen) tablet. It attaches with a a suction cup and then gives you the ability to turn most on-screen analog sticks into physical joysticks. The concept is a lot like the Fling, but with joysticks not analog sticks. The way it works is that the underside of the joystick (with te exception of the centered suction cup) is covered with a material that the screen will respond to, much like a capacitive stylus. The joystick pivots around the suction cup so that none of this material touches the screen until you bend the joystick in any direction, far enough that the edge of the joystick’s underside touches the screen. The concept is really stupid simple, so much so that this is one accessory you can easily make yourself, unlike the Fling which has a much more complicated spring design. A DIy option is probably not a bad idea either as a single Joystick-it runs for $25, with a two-pack (for dual stick games or for sharing with a friend) will run you $40. ThinkGeek also don’t offer normal postal shipping for international customers, so prepare to take out a second mortgage if you’re buying from anywhere but the US.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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