The XK-68 Joystick offers sixty-eight programmable keys with an embedded precision three axis joystick. Perfect for controlling security cameras or scanning platforms. Z axis control is provided in an infinite rotation of the stick.
Our MDM™ joystick provides accurate reliable control in three axis with infinite rotation. It can be configured as a standard USB joystick (Game Controller) or read as raw positioning data as described in our free SDK.
The full travel keys have the same feel as a standard keyboard and angled feet give the unit a slight tilt for better viewing of the key legends. Blue and red addressable backlighting enhances key identification in low light environments.
|Operating System||Use: Any OS via USB HID | Programming: Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10|
|Free Programming Software||Windows: MacroWorks 3.1|
|Free Software Development Kits||Windows (C++, C#, VB.NET)
Raw HID (any language/OS)
|Emulation Modes||HID keyboard, HID mouse, HID game controller|
|Joystick||MDMTM precision 3 axis (twist for Z)|
|Switch Types||Full-travel rubber dome, carbon on gold contacts, guaranteed for over 1 million operations|
|Number of Keys||68 single keys + programming button|
|Actuation Force||Approx. 2.5 oz (72g) break-over, approx. 1.5 oz (42g) hold|
|Keycaps||0.625” (16mm) sq.; relegendable with Cherry MX compatible stem|
|Key Spacing||0.75" O.C.|
|Optional Keys||2X1, 1X2, 2X2, and 1x1 blocker|
|Backlighting||1 blue and 1 red addressable LED under each key|
|Connector||Wired USB standard “A” plug|
|Cord Length||118” (3m)|
|Dimensions||7.25” x 8.25” x 3.5” (184mm x 209mm x 89mm)|
|Weight||10 oz. (285 g)|
|USB Type||USB 1.1 compatible through 3.0 Type-c with adapter|
|Power Source||USB port, nominal voltage = 5 VDC|
|Current Draw||NO backlight: 18 mA, Blue backlight full: 38 mA, Red backlight full: 57 mA, All backlights: 75 mA|
|Temperature Range||-20 to 60 C|
|Memory Capacity||Approximately 21,000 keystrokes or commands in onboard memory|
|Memory Type||EEPROM, non-volatile memory (X-keys retains memory for over 200 years)|
|Environmental Rating||IP 40, typical indoor office environment|
|Certifications||FCC class B, CE, RoHS, WEEE compliant|
Download PDF: XK-68 Joystick DD.pdf
Sketchup 3D Model
We offer this Sketchup model as a 3D rendering of the XK-68 Joystick for viewing or planning purposes. Dimensions and details of the model, while reasonably accurate, should not be used for critical specifications.
MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (free download)
P.I. Engineering SDK (free download)
Tall, wide, quad and colored keys for your X-keys. Transparent keys enhance backlighting.
Blank legend sheets and custom printed legends.
Extend your X-keys up to 150 feet via CAT 5 or equivalent network cable.
Includes two brackets and Modular Hose™ connectors.
One mounting plate with screws to attach an X-keys.
Bundle your X-keys XK-68 Joystick with a mounting kit.
Protect your X-keys while traveling with this custom road case from MyCaseBuilder.
Give your X-keys a 45 degree angled lift with these flippy feet that attach to the back of the unit.
Resources for Software Developers
P. I. Engineering offers a wide range of options for application developers. Click on any heading to learn more. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have friendly techs and engineers waiting to help you integrate X-keys into your solution.
Includes comprehensive examples in C#, C++, and VB.NET for Windows desktop development in Visual Studio, as well as Java for Android development in Eclipse. Supported via phone and email during standard business hours by our technical support staff.
Open source Linux support written in C++. Features code for accessing all X-keys controls and key states and includes a simple, straight forward example GUI. Written by Linux HID expert Alan Ott.</p
Assorted Eclipse projects we have created to demonstrate how to handle various input options (such as joystick and game controller button data) on Android.
Learn how to read the X-keys’ raw output and use it to integrate X-keys into your application in any language, on any HID-enabled platform.
See how to integrate your X-keys with the Hardware Mode, Software Mode with MacroWorks Software, or the Software Mode with a Custom Application.
See how other developers have implemented X-keys for fun and profit.
|Programs||Real World Applications|
X-keys can control any application on a computer. Here are just a few examples of popular applications controlled by this device.
Examples of X-keys working in studios, labs, and offices in the real world