My first prototype was half the size of the current one. I couldn't get the electronics and my hands in it at the same time. So it ended up being as pictured. I do have to say.. Isn't it much better playing the game and NOT having to pick up that controller to make changes or navigate the game?? Some time my son is like..Dads River Dancing again! as he sees me tapping the ****ons to get something done in the game.
Last edited by mr_handy007; 04-29-2012 at 06:40 AM.
The rest is history as they say. Though not the cheapest things to build. The arcade switches were like $30, if I remember right. I had the aluminum plate and wireless controller already and I bought a 5' X 5 1/2" X 3/4" piece of red oak from the Home Depot for roughly $8. Picked up some CPU drive ribbon from Radio Shack for $15. All told, I could put one together from scratch for $120.
I had been searching for a good while for a independent Bluetooth circuit board I could use instead of modding a controller. Not alot of choices out there when you take into account Xbox (Microsoft) has a propitiatory wireless system in their consoles. The closest I came was the circuit that ran the drum sets from the other games. I snapped a few of those up to make things easier if I build any more.
It makes playing the game so much easier once you get use to using your foot again! LOL
Last edited by mr_handy007; 04-29-2012 at 06:43 AM.
DDR is a game of the gods sir...lol
I saw another instructable where someone in the comments said: " like Ben Heck, I'm thinking about using wireless controllers and leaving them functional and able to be removed."
I never found any build by Ben Heck where he left a removable, fully functional controller. I suspect that if he did, it required a microcontroller in the built controller to decode the signals from the controller. This seems like a great Idea, but really defeats the purpose of lowering costs, I think. I would love to know if he ever even did it. If there is anyone outside of microsoft who could, It would be Mr. Heck.
To make the holes in your box the ideal tool is a "radio chassis punch" set. Also available at HFT for a tolerable price. They make perfect holes in sheet metal.
Very cool project! I'd been thinking about something like this but hadn't gotten beyond the "I should make something. . . " phase. WTG!
Last edited by JTCoop; 05-02-2012 at 04:54 AM.
I would really like to figure out how to add a wah pad to the controller I built. I'm just not electronically gifted enough to mess with that.
Wow lots of the old controller threads revived.
Moving this one to the gear forum too.
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