Modern computer systems often receive user input from USB devices like keyboards, mice, and game controllers. These input devices typically belong to the Human Interface Device (HID) class defined by the USB specification.
The Wixel is a versatile device that can be programmed to act as a standard HID device, appearing to a computer as a keyboard, a mouse, a joystick, or even a combination of multiple interfaces. We have written a Joystick App that does just that, and this tutorial shows how you can use a Wixel and the Joystick App to convert a non-USB joystick into a USB device. You will not need any knowledge of computer programming or USB for this project, although you will need soldering skills.
Even though the Wixel has wireless capabilities, we will be making a wired USB device in this tutorial.