Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Thursday, 20 April 2017 12:09 pm.
A batch of custom controllers I've built recently include a PS4 Dual Shock with low-profile low-pressure push buttons in the grips for L3 and R3.
There's an arcade stick fitted with an analogue joystick, switch sockets, on/off switch for surface buttons and lots of custom modes including a nice first-person exploration mode I tweaked with thanks to a suggestion from Francis Binnie at SpecialEffect. Hope to get a D.I.Y. guide up for this before too long. My friend Shaz is borrowing this and said it was "as smooth as butter" using the Ultimarc U360 stick.
There's also a pair of adapted Xbox One controllers with switch sockets, lightened joysticks designed to be used together with Co-Pilot simultaneous play modes.
Labels: custom game controller
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Sunday, 9 April 2017 8:01 pm.
"This works great! Never thought I could do a driving game ever again, but now I can.....I've got need for speed perfect for me." So pleased to receive these messages from Colin McDonnell this weekend and his video above.
Colin took the previously detailed two-switch mode, and by tweaking the speed of the car, and steering, got it working well for him. This particular set-up was supported by SpecialEffect, building on my free to share One Switch Pulse system.
Huge thanks to Clive Galway for improving UCR so much which helps this to work as it does.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Wednesday, 5 April 2017 8:38 pm.
The three rough and ready videos above show a slew of methods for playing a driving game with reduced controls. Top uses Microsoft's fantastic Xbox One Co-pilot feature, not so much for team play but to combine a standard wireless controller, using just the left-stick, with a custom accessibility set-up.
The second video shows a two-switch method for driving. This might be one head switch and one "shout box".
The bottom video shows a one-switch method of driving. This requires the auto-scanning "One Switch Pulse" system to be active. Three fast taps cycles between go fast / drift / reverse / drift. Otherwise the switch controls alternate steering left / right.
Labels: music video
The Shout Box is the result of a tie up between OneSwitch.org.uk and Jason Hotchkiss. It gives an extra sound activated switch input to anyone who can make a deliberate sound, or puff of air. For people not getting on with speech recognition, or needing something that's much faster to react, this is ideal. Here's some possible uses....
- Use with a switch adapted toy or gadget.
- Use to play a one-switch game.
- Use with a C-SID II and be the wind in Flower on the PS3/PS4.
- Use as an extra control for any video game with an adapted controller.
- Use to create art or music (probably using head-phones).
- Use with the OneSwitch Pulse system to control a mouse, on screen keyboard and play games.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:59 pm.
Very pleased with a new wireless One Handed Controller kit I now have up for sale in the OneSwitch.org.uk accessible gaming shop. It works on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Raspberry Pi and others are possible.
It has a range of custom modes to improve comfort, especially so for driving and exploration. The stick can act as the left-stick, right-stick, d-pad, touch-pad, six-axis, shapes/ABXY and hybrid modes. Extra controls and modes can be accessed via the methods explained in the instruction booklet (link here).
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:16 pm.
Above is a pin-out guide for the third party Playstation 4 controller the "Armor 3". It's very easy to adapt for switch access. Removing the joysticks though is difficult (desoldering braid essential, plastic levering tools and patience). The sticks are also unusual in design, with very wide compressed springs. Click the small PCB image above for a big view.
D-PAD: 1 = GND, 2 = LEFT, 3 = UP, 4 = DOWN, 5 = RIGHT, 6 = SHARE.
SHAPES: 1 = GND [SAME AS D-PAD GND], 2 = OPTIONS/START, 3 = PS, 4 = CROSS, 5 = SQUARE, 6 = TRIANGLE, 7 = CIRCLE, 8 = vdd [R2 GND]
T9 = L1 and T11 = R1 (use shared ground point).
T19 + T28 = L2
T29 + vdd = R2