using two-handed ThunderMaster joysticks with ROS

asked 2020-01-20 19:35:50 -0600

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updated 2020-01-21 02:02:51 -0600

gvdhoorn gravatar image

I'm interested in using these two-handed joysticks with ROS:


Before I buy them, does anyone know whether I'll be able to successfully interface with these controllers even though they are for a windows platform?

If the answer is no, does anyone have any recommendations for left handed joysticks of this type that can interface with ROS using linux?

Thank you!

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Anything which doesn't require special drivers can be used with the joy package, as it supports joysticks that are compatible with the standard Linux HID joystick input devices.

Any hw that does not fall into this category will need dedicated support and possibly custom code/nodes.

If you can find out whether these joysticks are standard USB HID devices you could assume it will work. Note: even if a joystick uses USB HID, it could still use an extended/custom profile with buttons/triggers/etc not supported by the default driver(s).

Summarising: find out if these joysticks work "with Linux" and whether they are USB HID devices. If yes: good chance it'll work. If no: won't work or you'll have to write / find a custom node (possibly wrapping some code the mfg provides you with).

gvdhoorn gravatar imagegvdhoorn ( 2020-01-21 02:05:29 -0600 )edit