Step by step guides on how to adapt low voltage electronic gadgets and computer controllers for use with
external switches. The inexpensive way to get powerful 'assistive technology'.
SAFETY: Adapting equipment voids the manufacturer's guarantee, and the attempt may cause irreparable damage.
Always use adapted equipment under supervision, and disconnect any batteries when not in use. These adaptations
are at your own risk. Good luck!
I highly recommend using insulated 3.5mm switch sockets (code 126-7396) from Farnell
Electronics if there is room for them in your adaptation.
OneSwitch.org.uk switch equipment guides
D.I.Y. - Switches.
D.I.Y. - Switches (sip/puff).
D.I.Y. - Digital Camera
D.I.Y. - Electronic Dice.
D.I.Y. - Infrared learning remote control. (NEW!)
D.I.Y. - OOglies (electronic toy).
D.I.Y. - Scalectrix.
D.I.Y. - RC Car 'Hitari Tumbler'.
D.I.Y. - RC Plane 'Air Surfer'.
D.I.Y. - RC Power Socket (UK only).
D.I.Y. - Speech Device 'Talking Tins'.
D.I.Y. - Talking Clock.
D.I.Y. - Virtual Betting System.
D.I.Y. - Water Blaster and NERF Super Soaker.
Switch adaptations for games machines
D.I.Y. - Console Switch Interface Deluxe - PS2, PS3, PC, Xbox 360 &
D.I.Y. - Playstation Joypad - Simple switch adaptation suiting many consoles.
D.I.Y. - PC & Mac - Simple adaptation for up to 3 switches.
D.I.Y. - ROCK BAND Drums
D.I.Y. - ROCK BAND Guitar
D.I.Y. - Atari VCS.
D.I.Y. - JAMMA arcade
D.I.Y. - Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
D.I.Y. - Sony Playstation One and PC
D.I.Y. - SEGA Saturn Joypad
D.I.Y. - Vectrex.
Other accessibility adaptations for video gaming
D.I.Y. - Auto-Fire Circuit - Simple circuit for Mice.
D.I.Y. - GameCube Switch Adaptation - From Swiss site Defitech.
D.I.Y. - Guitar Hero - From Gavin Philips (pending).
D.I.Y. - PS3 SAP Analogue Controls - From Geoff Harbach.
D.I.Y. - Talking Joystick - From Instructables.
D.I.Y. - Wii Adaptations - Broad list of adapted Wii-motes. See also this
Wii switch mod guide.
D.I.Y. - Xbox 360 Joypad
- Switch access for the shoulder buttons and triggers.
Other web-site's switch accessible D.I.Y. guides
D.I.Y. - Solderless Battery Interrupter.
D.I.Y. - Battery Interrupter - ACE Centre adaptation.
D.I.Y. - Buzz Switch - Super cheap and easy USB switches.
D.I.Y. - CD Switch - Inexpensive accessibility switch.
D.I.Y. - Combat Wheelchair - Using foam Nerf Guns.
- Digital Camera.
D.I.Y. - Mouse - Superb easy
to follow guide from MERU.
D.I.Y. - Playmobil Trainset.
- Tape Player - YouTube video guide.
- Various D.I.Y. Ideas. - New ideas from around the globe.
You can purchase most of the electronic components used in these guides from Maplin Electronics (UK) and RSWWW
(International). For an interesting array of joysticks and push buttons try Gremlin Solutions (UK),
Happ Controls (US), Arcade Shop (Germany) and Akihabara
As for switches to use with these adaptations, if you live in the UK, I recommend QED
Ltd, who have a huge range to choose from.
For further D.I.Y. help, please e-mail. If you would like me
to try to adapt something for you, please see my adaptation page.
ROMPA booklet of ideas
Using Switches and Switching systems - Practical
ideas for the uses of switches, and a very simple method of adapting basic battery devices.
MERU - A UK charity which concentrates on
designing and manufacturing a variety of bespoke equipment and devices to meet the individual needs of
REMAP - Charity that make free of charge
one off technical aids which help disabled people of all ages to enjoy a better lifestyle.
Data - Huge number of D.I.Y. ideas and guides.
Acid Mods - Hacking community with a game accessibility forum.
BenHeck.com - Very impressive game controller adaptations, with an active forum.
Some of his videos include: A one-handed Xbox 360 hack and collaborative controller "Game Share"
Build Your Own Arcade Controls
- Very useful lively forum.
Gavin Philips Resources - Some fantastic resources for simple to complex accessibility projects. Highly recommended.
Guillaume De Mattéo Ergothérapeute
- Organisation that adapts equipment for switch use. Fantastic ideas and help (French).
Circuit Bending -
Reed Gazala's very useful electronics information for creating amazing cheap musical instruments.
Circuit Benders - UK Circuit Bending
outfit with a very good D.I.Y. page.
Controller Theory! - A basic break-down of how modern controllers work.
Hirai Potter Net - Great enabling hack-projects,
switches and software (Japanese).
Japanese Assistive Technology
- Some fantastic D.I.Y. projects and help (Japanese).
LED centre - Help around adding Light Emitting
Diodes to circuits.
MakeZine - Massive resource of electonics and mechanical
projects.Their Blog of Gaming adaptations may
be useful especially.
Raphnet-Tech.com - Many retro game controller circuit boards to adapt for work on other machines.
Science Share Ware - Brad
Whaley's great project ideas and assistance, including switch adapted sit-in electrical vehicles for small
Suck and Puff Games
machines - Mark Bosanquet-Bryant's inspirational page for adapting Nintendo 64, Playstation and XBOX
controllers, Radio Control car adaptions, and much more.
Sugru - self-setting rubber for fixing, modifying and improving "stuff". Really useful for a huge range of projects.
Solder Pad - PJRC Teensy Projects - A range of more complicated projects based around
smal off the shelf circuit boards.
Web-Rings - Other people making their own video game controllers
for Arcade Games.
Electronics for Beginners Help
Multimeters for Beginners - from Make Magazine.