I have built a new model single-handed Xbox 360 controller, this time for the right hand:
Xbox 360 right-handed controller. The X “Guide” button is below the d-pad, hidden by my thumb.
This time it has a Velcro strap that goes around your hand to provide built-in leverage. In a normal controller leverage comes from your fingers holding the unit from below, but in this case we need every finger possible to work the buttons. As before the right analog stick is moved by tilting the unit against your leg.
All the action buttons can be reached with your 4 main digits.
For some more photos please visit this page. Unfortunately I have not been able to meet all, or effectively ANY of the requests I get for these things. Emails come in every day about it, and yet this is only the second one I’ve managed to build since December. It’s just too time-consuming, here’s the wiring just on the Xbox controller circuit board alone:
This part (which has its own little box) sits in your lap and is connected to the main controller by ribbon cable. It is the wireless version and has a battery pack.
The problem is, to do these in “prototype form” it costs a person much more than they should have to pay for a controller, and even then with the labor required I go in the hole over it.
Point being, somebody needs to manufacture these, even if Microsoft won’t. MadCatz? Interact? Somebody. Every day emails come in requesting this sort of thing, and it makes me feel sad and a little guilty that I came up with the idea but lack the capacity to help these people. Often times it’s a father with a disability, wishing he could play the games with his son… Or a friend trying to help another friend who was in a car accident. Cerebral palsy comes up a lot too… People just wanting to gain back a part of life most of us take for granted.
On the surface games may not seem as important as things like mobility or kidney dialysis, but in fact it is vital that people are enabled to do the things they enjoy, for without that, what is the point of living? It is not enough to live if you are not given the chance to thrive.
We can continue on our usual path of just throwing money at problems and charities and “calling it a day”, or we can start coming up with some good solid ideas and really make a difference in people’s lives.