Jawan’s Custom Controller, My Prettiest One So Far!

I just finished a controller that I think might be the prettiest one yet. I really like the white controller with the blue parts.

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For this one I modified the trigger extensions a bit to be longer. The curve reminds me of a billy goat (maybe I should do a sculpted version that looks like horns!). I hope that this works well for Jawan.

The process on this controller was pretty much like the others. I got an email from Jamal, Jawan’s brother asking for a custom controller. He purchased one on Amazon and had it shipped to my home.I went back and forth with him via email several times to determine what was needed. In this case, buttons to replace the “thumbstick click” and trigger extensions.

The next step was to crack open the controller and wire in the little buttons that would replace the thumbstick clicks.

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I solder on the back side, using this tiny wire, and feed it around to the front. It is small enough that it doesn’t effect the controller’s ability to fit back together.

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After I drill a couple tiny holes in the front of the controller I piece it back together, feeding the wire through the holes. A tiny bit of hot glue holds the momentary switches on very well.

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This bit of blue plastic not only makes it prettier, it makes the buttons easier to press in a couple ways.

  • wider area of pressing
  • less force required due to lever action
  • easier to press with the side of the thumb than a normal momentary switch.

It really could be rounded off a little more though. I’m a bit concerned that the sharp edge would get uncomfortable pretty quickly.

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Here it is on shipping day! It looks great and will hopefully help Jawan play. It is always worth keeping in mind though, that these modifications only make playing games a bit more accessible. Playing will still be difficult for Jawan. This isn’t magic, only a little help.

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And here’s Jawan posing with the no controller!

 

 

3D Printed Trigger Mat for Playstation 4

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A woman contacted me, explaining that the latest version of the Playstation controller was almost unusable for her. The triggers were not working as she played in the top-down style, where you put your hands on top of the controller and use a surface to grip the triggers.

Initially I was going to design some kind of grip that glued onto the triggers. Then, I came up with this idea.

It isn’t perfect. It may not even solve her problem (ps4 triggers are at a different angle. not much I can do about that). however, it exists now and maybe it will help others.

This mat was printed with Ninjaflex on a Lulzbot Taz4 3D printer. This means it is a flexible rubber that grips the surface below pretty well. You could really use any soft rubber for this, I suspect that a rubber/gel insole might be perfect actually!

Still Alive, Still Making Controllers

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I’m still alive. I still make controllers for people. Just email me if you need something done! I don’t feel like there’s much news to put here, but feel free to shoot me an email any time.

Also, enjoy some pictures of a controller being modded.

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Making “Sticky Triggers” On The Xbox 360

Using an Xbox 360 controller with one hand can be tricky, especially when you have to hold a trigger down for any extended period of time.

Here’s a super easy and super quick mod that will make your triggers “sticky”, meaning they won’t spring back to fully extended.

Note that you will have to glue something to your trigger to allow you to pull them back out.

Here’s a larger view of the assembly so you can see how it fits together.

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DIY Touch Controller For Retro Consoles

A common problem, especially with neuro muscular disorders is the lack of strength to push buttons. I’ve tested some and found that even Xbox buttons (roughly 60grams of pressure required) can be too much sometimes.

Here’s a solution made by Electricreations that creates a touch controller for classic consoles.

This is maybe a complicated but effective solution. The video may be a bit long, but if you have the ability to recreate, could be very useful.

[thanks for sending this in PlatinumFungi!]