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Dualshock Wireless Xbee Controller

Posted November 3, 2015 by Chris

"The controller uses an ATmega328P, the same as used on the ‘Arduino uno’. This makes it very easy to adapt the Arduino platform on the controller. You can upload your sketches via the usb port. The hardware and software is open for everyone, this makes it possible to program your own functionality into the controller."

Nintendo 64 controller on AVR

Posted October 1, 2015 by Chris

"I went on my regular trip to the dumpster the other day, and found no less than two Nintendo 64 controllers. It’s time to connect them to a microcontroller!"

Wireless PS2 Controller Mod

Posted August 2, 2015 by Chris

"I really believed there would be a conflict using the PS2 controller with the RFM12 modules, since they both use SPI. But the great thing is that Bill Porter wrote the PS2X library so that the pins are changeable, aka software SPI. So the RFM12B can use hardware SPI, and the PS2 can use its software SPI bit banging."

The Backlit Apocalyptic Mega Man NES

Posted July 7, 2015 by Chris

"Currently on display at Gallery iam8bit in Los Angeles, California, I present to you the ‘Backlit Apocalyptic Mega Man NES’! This is a very unique collaborative art piece. I teamed up with artists Noel McEwen and Gary Bedell to bring this one to life."

Simulated PS2 Controller For Autonomously Playing Guitar Hero

Posted June 30, 2015 by Chris

"As an exercise to teach myself a little bit more real-time computer vision/robotics, I wanted to see if I could get a computer to autonomously play certain console video games. Video games are nice because they can provide a relatively decent simulation of a 3D environment, emphasize demand for real-time vision processing, I don’t have to go out in the field to run a test, and there is no penalty for screwing up."

GameSphere DIY Arm7 Gaming Console

Posted May 10, 2015 by Chris

"This game console has an Atmel ARM7 microcontroller AT91R40008 that is capable of running at 100MHz if overclocked. It has the processing power to run simple games like Super Mario."

Wireless Xbox360 Controller on a PC

Posted October 3, 2014 by Chris

"Yesterday I had a thought – I don’t like having a wire to the Xbox360 controller I use for games on my PC…I was thinking that there may be some other RF transceiver that could be modified or adapted to work with the controller. As it happens, there -kind of- is."

Cube64 GameCube to N64 Adaptor

Posted October 29, 2013 by Chris

"Enjoy retro N64 games, but can’t stand the controller? That’s the situation I found myself in about 7 years ago, back in 2004. So I built an adaptor, to use Game Cube controllers on the N64."

Rock Band 2 Drum Controller For Wii

Posted February 26, 2013 by Chris

“Rock Band 2 (RB2) and Guitar Hero World Tour (GHWT) both work with the drum set controller that is packaged with GHWT. The GHWT drums, unlike the RB2 drums, is plugged into a Wiimote’s expansion port. This expansion port is a I2C bus and the drum is a I2C slave device. An AVR microcontroller can be connected on this bus as a I2C slave with the same slave address to trick the Wii into thinking that it’s connected to a drum controller.”

Xbox / PC Arcade Joystick

Posted August 22, 2012 by Chris

“To get an authentic experience when playing arcade games on your PC or XBox Live Arcade, you need legitimate arcade hardware. A good stick still costs a fair bit of coin however it’s not that hard to make one of your own at reduced cost.”