Control device: Joystick

Manufacturer: Power Play Limited

Model: The Cruiser, black

Year: 1986


Controlled device: Travel alarm clock

Manufacturer: IDEA international (Japan)

Designed by: Ippei Matsumoto (Industrial Facility)

Model: Jetlag

Color: Red, black, white

Year: 2009


Hard-wired year: 2010

Serial number: HWD-corp-080

Collection: Corporation

Dimensions: 35x50x14 cm

Cable: 52 cm

Power: 3v button cell x1


Set up minutes up (time): Joystick forward

Set up minutes down (time): Joystick backward

Set up minutes up (alarm): Joystick left

Set up minutes down (alarm): Joystick right

Start set up: Hold 3 seconds any set up action

Light: Any button


The Cruiser was notable because it featured a wide range of colours: all black; blue body, red stick, white fire buttons; pastel green body, with pastel yellow fire buttons, pastel pink joystick shaft and pastel blue torque controller; transparent body, black stick and buttons; the black and red Cruiser Turbo, featuring an autofire facility; the pastel version was arguably the most popular, matching the fashions of the era, followed by the sleek black model. Other features included a cable that was longer than that used by many other joysticks, and four strong suction cups to attach the unit to a flat surface. The joystick had two DE-9 connectors. The primary connector was Atari compatible, with a shorter grey cable and connector attached to this. The secondary connector is compatible with the non-standard Amstrad built ZX Spectrum computers; the Sinclair Interface II and other popular ZX Spectrum joystick interfaces were Atari compatible.

HWD corporation 080 © Roger Ibars 2010