Category: Games and Puzzles

One-Handed X-Box Control Joystick

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a one-handed, X-Box control joystick to enable an individual with limited or no mobility in his or her arm to interact with X-Box video games. The standard X-Box controller requires two hands to play a game while this new design implements every function on the paddle in a configuration that can be operated with one hand.
The final product, One-Handed X-Box Control Joystick, was constructed by modifying a store-bought joystick to include all of the features and functions of the standard X-Box controller. The controller may be built for use with the right or left hand. With its square base, it can be placed on an arm of a chair, a desk, a coffee table, etc., without slipping. It is a mobile unit and can be used on any X-Box system. The prototype of this design was constructed from a joystick and an X-Box control paddle, purchased off the shelf. The control joystick has two parts: the handle and the base. First, the joystick handle was modified to allow more wires to run through it. Next, different sized holes were tapped in the handle to accommodate the additional buttons needed to emulate the X-Box controller functions. A metal housing was bolted onto the top of the handle for a 360 degree switch. Finally, electrical tape was used to cover the wires running down the handle. The purpose of the base is to store all of the wires used in the handle and throughout the control joystick. It also houses the main circuit panel of the unit. The base was designed for stand-alone stability and it was fabricated from a high strength, low weight polymer. Several 90 degree metal braces were bolted to the base to add strength and durability. Once the user interface and casing was complete, the circuit board from the X-Box control paddle was soldered into place to connect to the new controls. A low wattage soldering gun was used to prevent against heat damage to the waffle board. The device was tested by a 14-year-old boy, who was able to enjoy playing many different video games for several hours. As all of the control buttons were proven to be functional. The cost of this device was $80. TITLE: One-Handed X-Box Control Joystick. JOURNAL: NSF 2006 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons with Disabilities. REF: Chapter 10: pp. 138-139. PAGES: 3 with cover. 2006.


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