I’ve started trying to make my own keypad module that has thumbsticks. I’m going to use psp1000 style thumbsticks to start with, I don’t like that they don’t have a push in button, but they are very compact.
I’m starting with just the button layout and I’ll use a external Arduino pro micro and if it’s comfortable to use then I’ll build the Arduino into the PCB.
I made up some PCBs in EAGLE, pretty happy for my first PCB design. And got it made:
Added some components:
I’m still waiting on my thumbsticks to arrive.
Printed enclosure, still need to do a few buttons, also things don’t like up quite right
The case needs refining but soon I’ll be able to see if this is viable.