Trying to interface the Wild Thing proportional joysticks with either an Arduino board or directly to the Sabertooth motor controller we use here at POP/ GBG-RockyTop as part of our “MotherBox” control systems. The plan would be to disconnect the female connector from the Wild Thing PCB, then have a matching male connector wire harness to connect it to the modular MotherBox. Having a hard time figuring out where FP got these pin connectors from Have looked on Mouser, Molex, TE, JST and DigiKey so far but no luck. Has anybody else already asked FP/PW where they got this part from, or figured it out themselves. Trying to save myself the hassle of having to rewire both the male and female sides of this connection if at all possible … smarter, not harder, whenever I can
Thanks for any assistance folks. Kind regards,
Pete @ POP
Quick question. Since the joysticks that come with the Wild Thing are only one axis, what are you using them for? Just curious because if you are sticking with two joysticks I’m not sure why you would modify it at all. If you are moving to single joystick control, how are you planning to incorporate the original joysticks?
I’m sorry I’m not much help on the connector type. We just finished another single joystick WildThing and we just took it down to the motors and started from scratch with the electronics because it seems like the board it comes with is proprietary and we couldn’t figure it out. This is the joystick we used. We used a standard Arduino Uno for controls with Spark speed controllers (we had some extras from the robotics team).
Also, very interested in your “MotherBox.” Would like to know more about that.
Back when I was providing custom mobility devices to kids as an ATP, I had to have as many tools in my tool belt as humanly possible to try and come up with the best solution for each kid in terms of how they would access drive controls. The continuum stretched from single switch to multiple switch, switch joystick, proportional joystick … with other solutions inbetween. If FP/PW have been generous enough to provide us with a single axis proportional input, I’d love to put it to good use wherever possible; not only to save some $$'s but as a viable alternative inbetween switch joystick and fully proportional. If I can find the matching, positive lock, male connector I plan to add it as another option to what we offer already on MotherBox. That way as one of our drivers hopefully progresses in skill we can progress the drive control method fairly simply. Or even use the WT joysticks on a different vehicle. It is what it is but it will be what we make it
Pete: shoot me some really good pictures and I will take them to my favorite electronics store. On the joystick, sometimes bigger is not better. I use these smaller ones and add even just a strip of colored electrical tape at the top, or a ball. I like that you can add the discs at the bottom to limit movement.
http://www.newark.com/apem/100113/joystick-microswitch-6a-250v-solder/dp/98K5262?ost=98K5262 Then you just pop of the single axis to allow 2 axis control.
Not about bigger … it’s about cheaper but that joystick you linked looks pretty cool. Thanks
Good news and bad news.
It looks like the connector is a 2mm pitch 1125 Series from NS-Tech:
Wire to Board connector > PITCH 2.00mm > 1125 Series
In a 4 pin version they are very common, being used on all of the Grove boards from Seeed Studio. The 5 pin versions on the other hand seem rarer than hens teeth.
I did not find any distributors carrying the NS-tech brand but you can try contacting them directly.
I also found that the connector looks a bit similar to the Sherlock series from Molex.
It looks like the rails down the side of the connector will fit, but the locking mechanisms don’t seem compatible. You may still be able to use it for the electrical connection but you just don’t get the physical lock.
Nick … u da man!! Thanks for tracking that down somehow. Will see what i can figure out from here.
A high school student in Vermont posted his on Instructables
His adaptation worked very well.