New single-handed controller

Note: The white-colored prototype referred to in this post is a one-of-a-kind built for a customer that requested it. A custom configurably production model, shown directly below, called the Access Controller and described in this post, is forthcoming and will available for mass market purchase from eDimensional. Stay tuned to Benheck.com for further information…

Black is the new white!
The prototype of the forthcoming production model Access Controller..

Now, back to today’s custom controller…

Recently I was asked to build another one of the right-handed controllers, and I thought I’d talk about it on the site a bit.


A single-handed controller with a swell bank of LED’s. Large version.

This isn’t the production model that I’ve been working on with eDimensional, you can read more about that here. But this is a refinement of a right-hand only design, similar to one I did last year.


Main trigger area. It swivels a bit to accomodate the fingers. Large version.


As before the right analog stick is actuated by setting this controller against a leg or table. An elastic strap/Velco attaches everything to your hand. For more photos, check the rest of the story.

Strap her to the blocks!
The elastic strap. Very camcorder-esque.

More bloody thumb action
The guts of this controller in their original test form. And remember, no one should be without a custom Miller beer mousepad.

The 3 button holes make me think GENESIS!
Attaching the guts to the front piece of the case. I lined up the LED’s for a retro 80′s feel, none of this circle nonsense!

 


The other side of the main board. This is where I’ll attach the wiring for the triggers and buttons.


The very colorful trigger module. Note how I’ve used a spare analog trigger module from the Access Controller prototype. Analog triggers for the 360 are very hard to build from scratch so I’ve saved myself the effort.


The not-so-colorful insides of that module. At this point I’ve bought about 17 billion blank PCB’s from Radio Shack…


Connecting the button wiring. Someday I will have recycled every bit of old IDE cable on the planet…


The trigger module mounted to the rear plate. Has kind of a modern art / fancy sculpture look to it. Or maybe it’s just me.

Found inside all Ben products or your money back*
Wiring the halves together. Includes free “Ben Was Here” text, as all my creations do.

*Don't hold me to that.
A view of the front (with a battery missing) taken in a room with some light. Yes, I used a Playstation D-pad on an Xbox product, why not? I like how it looks, and it was laying around.

 

Stay tuned to Benheck.com for more information on the mass-produced Access Controller production model!

 

 

 

106 thoughts on “New single-handed controller”

  1. I just recently purchased the access controller for the xbox 360 and cannot for the life of me figure out how to sync it with the xbox 360. I’m about ready to send this back. E dimansional didn’t send instructiona and I’ve emailed them many times with absolutely no response. I lost the use of my left arm and can’t wait to play again. I got my hopes up only to find myself
    frustrated beyond belief.

  2. hello, my name is Igor, I’m Italian I lost the use of his right arm in a motorcycle accident, you are great.
    you are interested in people like me, I am very interested in the controller for Xbox 360 and let me know how to do in order to have one, because the best thing is to know that in my life I can disable to normal even in the simplest things.
    forgive me for my English.

  3. hello, my name is Igor, I’m Italian I lost the use of his right arm in a motorcycle accident, you are great.
    you are interested in people like me, I am very interested in the controller for Xbox 360 and let me know how to do in order to have one, because the best thing is to know that in my life I can disable to normal even in the simplest things.
    forgive me for my English.

  4. Hi
    Very interested in your one handed controller for using with a PS3. My son has had only the use of his right hand all his life. His world is limited to what he can do and gaming makes up a large percentage of it. He has done well so far but there are many games he is unable to play because of the difficulty using the controllers available with the game systems. Please send information on how to acquire these special controllers……… Thanks

  5. I tried to email you but Something went wrong, anyways..

    My name is Shelby and I was born with a benign brain tumor and due to surgeries I lost the use of my left hand. I’ve never been able to play a lot of video games and recently I’ve really been getting into games since my boyfriend is a big gamer. I was wondering how to get one of your controllers. I’d be thrilled to have one. If you could let me know how to get one I’d appreciate it, thank you.

  6. Mr. Heck,

    I am a retired USMC disabled veteran and have a friend who has grown up with a brain tumor (currently at stage 4). His left side is partially paralyzed and as such has a terrible time playing Xbox 360. He had seen your recent mass-produced unit but is unable to utilize it. After doing a search, we encountered you new prototype and his eyes lit up stating, “Now I could USE something like THAT!”

    I would greatly appreciate it if we could discuss how he might be able to acquire a unit. I realize that it would take precious time and energy and am more than willing to compensate you for your time, and effort. If you would be so kind as to respond to this and let me know if you might be willing to help, I would be eternally grateful. Michael’s resources are limited, and he doesn’t know I’m attempting to negotiate with you; only that I’m contacting you, so no pressure. However, I would be the purchaser and would be gifting it to him.

    As a disabled vet, I understand his frustration at a world which neglects the disabled, and regardless of the outcome I would like to thank you for what you have accomplished and any help you might provide.

    Thank you.

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