Virtual Reality applications can be controlled in both ways: either by using the button placed on VR goggles or by gamepad/controller communicating with our smartphone using Bluetooth technology. The latter is far more comfortable and increases the range of possibilities.

Cardboard buttons

The first way to control the „action” in VR application is the button placed on goggles. There are two types of such buttons. First one was used in 1st version of Google Cardboard and it is so called magnet switch. However, it has one big disadvantage: it works only with smartphones which are equipped with magnetometer.

The second one was presented with the second version of Google Cardboard and it is called capacitive button. It works well with the majority of smartphones, because it requires no special sensor like magnetometer.

Presently, there is yet another type and I would call it the „manual button” – we cannot talk about its physical presence – it is simply a hole in goggles through which you can touch the screen with your finger. It works in the exact same way as magnet switch or capacitive button.

The above mentioned methods can be completed with Bluetooth controller, which enables to navigate the application really comfortably without the necessity to have your hands around your head.

Bluetooth Joystick


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The model which is being tested lies comfortably in hand. It has 8 buttons, a switch and a knob.

By default, the joystick is in controller mode (a mouse) – which means that it serves as a mouse for a mobile device. You need to hold it vertically, in one hand.

Moreover, you may switch mode to: gamepad, music, video, VR – still holding it vertically. It is quite important, because if you held joystick with both of your hands you would have no possibility of touching your goggles, adjusting them or performing any different activity.

Product dimensions: 119x33x42 mm, weight: 66 g.

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Before pairing your phone with joysticks you have to properly set a switch located on the left side of the device. You have to choose the system of your smartphone  (android or iOS). Then you have to press power button and connect your smartphone with joystick using Bluetooth connection (3.0). After connecting, you will see the cursor which can be navigated with the help of the knob located at the top part of the device. Navigating with your thumb is really comfortable and intuitive.

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If you work in VR mode you should place two fingers on upper buttons: first (upper) serves as accept button and the second one (lower) as exit/back button.

The device is equipped with LED.

Buttons have different functions depending on which mode you choose.

The manufacturer declares that the product works with a computer too, but I have tested only smartphone connection so I cannot confirm this information. Joystick is powered by two AAA batteries. Unfortunately, it is hard to tell how long you can use it without changing the batteries – according to user’s manual it should be from 40 to 120 h.

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The set includes user’s manual where you can find step by step instructions how to switch between different modes and what are the functions of buttons.

Music mode:

  1. Choose Android or iOS
  2. Hold the button for 1-2 s.
  3. Pair the device with smartphone (Bluetooth list -> Search for Gamepad-> Connect)
  4. Press „@” + „A” simultaneously

In this mode the buttons have the following functions assigned:

Upper button Play/Pause – @ – android/iOS switch – LED – Power – Volume – – Play/Pause – Volume +

music joystick

 

Gamepad mode:

  1. Choose Android or iOS
  2. Hold the button for 1-2 s.
  3. Pair the device with smartphone (Bluetooth list -> Search for Gamepad-> Connect)
  4. Press „@” + „B” simultaneously

In this mode the buttons have the following functions assigned:

Direction – LED – Power – Shoot/exit (depending on the game) – android/iOS switch

 

game joystick

VR / Video mode:

  1. Choose Android or iOS
  2. Hold the button for 1-2 s.
  3. Pair the device with smartphone (Bluetooth list -> Search for Gamepad-> Connect)
  4. Press „@” + „C” simultaneously

In this mode the buttons have the following functions assigned:

Volume + – android/iOS switch – direction (games)/fast forward (video) – LED – Power

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This mode does not work with every device, the functions of buttons depend on the application / game.  

Mouse mode:

  1. Choose Android or iOS
  2. Hold the button for 1-2 s.
  3. Pair the device with smartphone (Bluetooth list -> Search for Gamepad-> Connect)
  4. Press „@” + „D” simultaneously

In this mode the buttons have the following functions assigned:

Upper button Accept / Lower button back, hide cursor – android/iOS switch – back/hide cursor – cursor navigation – LED – Power – Volume + – Accept – Volume –

mouse joystick

Summing up

The diversity of functions as well as the comfort of using with one hand (VR mode) are definitely the biggest advantages of this device. At first it is hard to learn the buttons and know which one is which, but it gets better with time, once you get accustomed to the device. However, gamepad mode for both hands is not as comfortable and I would rather opt for rechargeable USB battery. Beside these two things, I generally recommend this product.

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