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    Joystick control options

    Are there any intermediate options between a joystick and a head array for propelling and steering a power chair? I’m having trouble pushing hard enough to maintain speed, and also navigating tight turns and doorways while I am visiting my parents.

    Where do you suppose that name came from any way? None of this is causing me much joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post

    Where do you suppose that name came from any way? None of this is causing me much joy.
    I believe that the term came from a single stick control for flying that was positioned between the pilot's legs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Where do you suppose that name came from any way? None of this is causing me much joy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Donno View Post
    I believe that the term came from a single stick control for flying that was positioned between the pilot's legs...
    That's my thought, too. I bet the name arose from sarcasm among early pilots. source of quote below:

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    Sorry I cannot be of help with your real question. I hope Jakeyboy1 or SCI_OTR reply. I bet they'd have some productive feedback.
    Last edited by chasmengr; 01-26-2012 at 12:30 AM.
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    Yes, there are many different options.
    If your issue/challenge is "the joystick is to hard to push", ASL makes several different joysticks that take much less strength and movement to activate. My personal favorite is: http://www.asl-inc.com/catalog/items/paslmecd you can get it mounted in a platform, rest your hand on the platform and use your finger to operate the joystick http://www.asl-inc.com/catalog/items/asl603 This joystick takes about a tenth of the effort to operate.

    On ASL's website they also have a "pediatric compact". It is half as much tension to operate as a standard joystick.

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    I wish my original joystick still worked.

    You knew it was coming.
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    Thanks Jakeyboy.

    Oh, the joyful phallus. That just seemed too easy, and out of proportion with the nub at the root of my steering challenges

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