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A joystick is an input device consisting of a stick that pivots on a base and reports its angle or direction to the device it is controlling.
- Joysticks are often used to control video games, and usually have one or more push-buttons whose state can also be read by the computer.
- The joystick has been the principal flight control in the cockpit of many aircraft, particularly military fast jets.
- Joysticks are also used for controlling machines such as cranes, trucks, underwater unmanned vehicles and zero turning radius lawn mowers.
- Miniature finger-operated joysticks have been adopted as input devices for smaller electronic equipment such as mobile phones.