Japan Amusement Expo 2013 (JAEPO 2013) was held February 15-16 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. This arcade show, in its first year, is the joining of the AOU Amusement Expo and JAMMA Show. Over the two days of the event, 20,580 people attended the event, 3000 more than last year’s AOU.
Arcade lever and button maker Sanwa Denshi ran one of the many booths at this year’s JAEPO. Below you can see some of the prototypes that were on display at the event.
A joystick with a directional pad attach to the top. While the display version didn’t have any wiring, just seeing the stick leaves quite the impression.
A joystick that uses magnetic sensors in place of switches. The stick is capable of analog input, similar to analog sticks on traditional console controllers. Because the joystick uses magnetic sensors, the joysticks are virtually silent when manipulated.
Clear button caps for buttons not in usage. Created for homemade stick makers. Of the prototypes shown, this was one of the more practical. A commercially available version doesn’t seem far off.
Silent joysticks and buttons were available at a special bargain price at the venue, along with many other products.