In this tutorial we will see a useful application named DroidPad, which allows users to use their Android-based phone as a joystick (or mouse) to play with it under Windows or any Linux-based system. The connection between the phone and the computer can be done via Wi-Fi or USB.

In this guide we will see how to use DroidPad in Ubuntu 11.10 or any older version of Ubuntu. First, you need to install DroidPad on your phone by searching it in the Market, or simply follow this link. Then under Ubuntu, open the terminal and install DroidPad with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:w-shackleton/droidpad
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install droidpad

Use then the dash to start DroidPad. Also, launch DroidPad on your phone and tap on Start. Under Wifi: Enabled, you will find your IP address:

Use this IP address in DroidPAd for Ubuntu and click Start. The connection will now be established. You can tap on the various buttons to simulate joystick buttons. Tilt the phone in all directions to simulate direction buttons.


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