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!

 

 

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 installĀ  them! Its ridiculously easy.

Modular thumbstick files now available for Xbox and Wii-U

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I’m really proud of this accessibility mod. The modular design means that you can download the files and arrange in many many variations to solve problems. Glue the bits together and you’re done!

Find all the files, video, pictures, etc on the announcement post over at Make!

As usual, I need to thank Lulzbot 3D printers for their donations. Because of the effort they have provided, I can give these away for FREE. I shipped two complete sets this morning, I anticipate more over the next few weeks.

Navigating a PS3 or Xbox 360 with 2 buttons

Barrie wrote in to share this interface with allows you to navigate the PS3 menu system with just two buttons. My first reaction was to wonder how it is possible to game this way, but watching the video revealed that this is fantastic for watching movies, netflix, and yes, some gaming.

With the set-up above, two accessibility switches are all that are needed to browse the Playstation 3 menu system. From there you can freely switch between the likes of the BBC iPlayer, Netflix, photo albums, MP3s, the Playstation store, the internet and a range of one and two-switch playable games.

The set-up requires a PS3 connected via a Cronus adapter to a Windows PC, running JoyToKey and Bullseye with special profiles that you can download here. Two switches are connected to a C-SID (Button 1 and Button 2) but any USB connected joystick should work just fine too.

 

Read more about it on the project page.