Installing Trigger Extensions is Easy, and Now You Can Buy a Kit

This website was aging. It looked old and had some ancient bits of code in it. I did an update, and it died. Oh well, with each bad thing comes some good right? I took that opportunity to completely rebuild the site with fresh software. This time, I also finally added a store where I’ll be selling kits and accessories.

I am still volunteering my time and resources to get mods to people for free. However, kits and accessories are a way that those who feel obligated to, can support thecontrollerproject.com

I’ve started off with the most popular mod: trigger extensions.

You can buy a set of 4 extensions plus tiny screws for securing them for $30. This includes shipping in the US. I also made a tutorial on how to install  them! Its ridiculously easy.

Why I Typically Don’t Modify Playstation Controllers

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I have many requests for hardware modifications to Playstation controllers. Sadly, unless someone is asking for 3d printed extensions, I have to turn them down. This post will show why, and also offer a workaround.

When people request buttons to be moved (which is pretty common), I can usually say yes pretty easily. On an Xbox controller, there are nice solder pads to connect to. This is not the case inside a ps3 controller unfortunately.

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All of the buttons, including the triggers are handled by this flexible material. I can not easily access the traces to make modifications here.

The flexible material is connected to the PCB by a pressure fitting that is actually part of the controller shell. This means that if I modify any of the pads, I risk the rest not fitting anymore. If I modify the shell, I risk the pressure not holding any more. It sucks.

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Luckily, the thumbsticks are a standard format with nice big gooey solder blobs so I can do thumbstick mods.

The workaround: adapters

There are commercial adapters that let you use different controllers for different consoles. It isn’t the best solution, but any solution that lets someone play is the right solution.

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HDE Cross Battle

$17 on Amazon

This allows you to use an Xbox360 controller on your Ps3.  Unfortunately it does not appear to work with the ps4.


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The Chronus

$59 on their site.

This little adapter does a TON. just see the graphic below. For more information, check out their website.

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An Update and Apology

It has been a while since there has been an update. Too many other things have been demanding my attention.

First, let me apologize to those who have been emailing me. I’m sorry I haven’t been replying. I would love to help you out but currently don’t have the time myself. I’m currently trying to figure out a way to be able to help however I can.

So, that leaves me with this site. How can I use it to help? In what way can I utilize this site to continue to help those in need? The contest I held seemed to be quite helpful. We had several people offer great solutions. Maybe I’ll do another one of those.

Another thought I had was to post “Calls For help”. People have been emailing me with requests for controller modifications. I could possibly post those here for others to respond to. However, I’m reticent to post the ones that have already been sent since they didn’t agree to their story being shared publicly.

Thoughts?

P.S. The forums appear to still have active members helping eachother. Thank you to those of you who have stepped up to supply solutions and work.

Make The World: Prosthetics

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This program is a month long effort to crowdsource getting prosthetics to people who need them.

The initiative will begin this Friday, October 4th, with a google plus hangout hosted by Limor Fried, Matt Griffin, and Phillip Torrone. Partners in this noble exersize are Robohand, MakerBot, The Open Hand Project, Anthromod, Prosthetics for Prosperity, e­NABLE, The Lucky Fin Project and Hands for Africa.

Here’s the information directly from Adafruit:

Adafruit’s Makers, Hackers, Artists and Engineers Community under the subsection “Make The World” is hosting this month long effort. Community members will post up with what they can help with, suggest people in need, and post pictures of their accomplishments/builds. In addition Makers will be able to find support for the creation of Robohands in the e­NABLE Community on Google+.

  • October 4th, 8pm ET – One hour introduction to the challenge with notable inventors and non­profits in the sector. MakerBot, Robohand, The Lucky Fin Project.
  • October 11th, 8pm ET – Community Check In ­ inviting a notable Maker to chat with Makers from the Community to show how far they have come along with their project. Prosthetics for Prosperity, e-NABLE, Google Science Fair.
  • October 18th, 8pm ET – 30 min Community Check In ­ inviting a notable Maker to chat with Makers from the Community to show how far they have come along with their project. Robohand, Hands for Africa and The Open Hand Project.
  • October 25th, 8pm ET – One hour Recap of the past month. Robohand, Anthromod, Robohand.

This Friday we’ll have our first Hangout on Air, a one hour introduction to the challenge with notable inventors and non-­profits in the sector. Please stop by to tune in live at 8pm ET on Friday 10/4/13, join the Adafruit Google+ page and community page to post comments, ask questions, participate and more!

iFixit Controller Contest Winner #2!

Wow, this solution is so simple and elegant. I can’t even believe it works.

Joshua literally glued a golf tee and paperclip to the trigger with hot glue. The angle that it is mounted allows it to work as the trigger, but also, when depressed instead of pushed, it actuates the bumper. Brilliant.

He is winning with this exactly the way it is, though I do intend to make a 3d modeled one for uploading to model hosting services.

He has definitely earned that iFixit Pro Tooklit and Magnetic Project Mat.

iFixit Controller contest winner #1!

I have been extremely happy to see some solutions to the problem rolling in!

The first person to deliver a solution that is completely tested and free for anyone to use is Jody Roth.

He came up with this super easy to assemble and install version that seems to do the job quite well. As you can see in his video, he assembles it in just a few minutes and it literally just snaps onto the controller and back off again. You can download the files for printing on a 3dprinter.

Not only that, but he looked around the forums at thecontrollerproject.com and spotted another issue with the triggers where someone needed them moved to the other side of the controller. He made an adapter to solve that one too!

I’d say Jody has gone above and beyond and absolutely deserves his prize, the pro toolset and magnetic work mat from iFixit.com

 

Find a solution, win a toolset from iFixit!

 

Thanks to the awesome folks at iFixit.com I have prizes!

1. The problem

The triggers. The triggers on a console controller are a huge problem. Many games won’t allow you to remap them, so many people just can’t play if they can’t use the triggers. This problem presents itself to so many for different reasons that I felt it would be a great thing to provide a solution for.

2. The solution

I want something easily reproducible and relatively cheap. The triggers need to be usable from the top of the controller. If this means levers or something that someone glues into place, great. I don’t care how it happens, it just needs to.

I would prefer files that can be 3d printed and attached to the controller or parts that are easily attainable at a hardware store. You must upload the plans free for the world to use.

3. The reward

Ifixit.com is letting me give away 5 of the Pro Tech tool sets with Magnetic mats. It is a killer tool set that I use personally and one of the really cool parts is that they’ve allowed this to be open to the entire world. No geographical restrictions to win.

If you want more info on the prizes, check here.

Pro toolkit, includes 58 bit driver kit, a selection of high quality tweezers, and more. Check it out here.

Magnetic project mat: 8″x10″, magnetic and extremely useful… surprisingly useful. Check it out here.

The first 5 people to contact me with a real solution for either Xbox or ps3 that is easily reproduceable or 3d printable get one. Get going!