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Old March 24 2013, 06:42 PM   #6
Timo
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Re: How does the Joystick Pad works?

I rather fancied the grey hemispheres that were seen on the shuttlecraft control panels early in the show. The characters used them as flight controls, placing their hand over a hemisphere much like they'd grip a joystick.

A three-dimensional surface that's still as sensitive as the flat control panels and possibly moves like a trackball would offers a lot of potential for controlling a spacecraft with one hand...

Inset version, "Coming of Age":

http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x...age_hd_213.jpg

Without the covering hand, "Unnatural Selection":

http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2x...ion_hd_238.jpg

Still there, but Wesley knows how to fly hands off, "Samaritan Snare":

http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albu...ansnare025.jpg

Later on, the inset was covered up and an all-flat panel began featuring the classic "cursor keys" graphics.

Timo Saloniemi
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