Control device: Control Pad

Manufacturer: Sega

Model: Saturn 3D HSS-0137

Year: 1997


Controlled device: Travel alarm clock

Manufacturer: IDEA international (Japan)

Designed by: Ippei Matsumoto (Industrial Facility)

Model: Jetlag

Color: White, green

Year: 2009


Hard-wired year: 2010

Serial number: HWD-corp-061

Collection: Corporation

Dimensions: 35x50x7 cm

Cable: 58 cm

Power: 3v button cell x1


Set up minutes up (time): D-pad up

Set up minutes down (time): D-pad down

Set up minutes up (alarm): D-pad left

Set up minutes down (alarm): D-pad right

Start set up: Hold 3 seconds any set up action

Set alarm on/off: Y button (hold 3 seconds)

Alarm off: Y button (hold 3 seconds)

Snooze: Y button

Light: X button


Sega redesigned the Saturn controller in response to the Nintendo 64's analog controller. The new Saturn 3D controller features an analog thumb stick, and shoulder buttons have been replaced with analog triggers. The controller's shape has also changed drastically and added grips underneath the controller to make it more comfortable to hold. The biggest thing that separates the Sega Saturn 3D pad from the Playstation Dual Shock and the N64 pad is the analogue nipple, which uses something no other manufacturer does: magnets. Sega is the only controller maker to use Hall Effect sensors. These tiny black boxes sense the proximity of the magnets in the pad inputs and vary their voltage throughput accordingly, then the controller's chip converts this voltage to a signal the console can work with. It's a simple and functional design, with fewer mechanically linked parts to wear out or break down. Common applications for Hall Effect sensors are often found where a robust and contactless switch or potentio-meter is required.

HWD corporation 061 © Roger Ibars 2010