One-Handed xbox 360 Controllers

Alright, that’s it. I’ve put it off long enough! My brother created a one-handed x360 controller for an Asian friend of his who has a misshapen hand/arm, so that he could play video games with everyone else — called the Chongtroller. I’ve been really slacking off on putting up the pictures, but now that I see this article about a guy who made one himself (and slightly less steampunk), I decided to get off my butt and git’r done!

So here it is, the world premier (ok, well actually he posted some images of it on his MySpace before I got ahold of it, so whatever) of the Chongtroller:

It’s hard to make out in the pictures, but the natural place for your fingers to fall for index thru pinky are respectively the right trigger, left trigger, B, then A. If you move your fingers slightly toward the “up and left” there is a second series of switches that are respectively right shoulder and left shoulder for index and middle, with the 2 remaining ring and pinky alternates unassigned, although there is a slightly “up and right” switch that crouches. Moving the entire hand portion forward backward and side to side (no twisting) acts as the left thumb stick, while the right thumstick is where your right thumb naturally falls (although the cardinal directions are rotated 90 degrees, so looking up and down in Halo would be a relative left and right wobble of the thumb, while a flexing of the thumb operates looking side to side.

On the metal surface you can probably guess where the D-pad is, and the start/back buttons are there in red.

I’ll ask him a few questions next time I see him to get the technical aspects entered here, so check back!

Goto Maki’s brother Yuuki arrested

On the J-Pop spectrum, teh hotness that is Maki Goto has a family issue in the news. Apparently she has a brother (who is freakishly identical, I was unaware of this) who also sang some time ago. Here is the story, complete with three video clips and what appears may even be baby pictures. Behold, the power of the wota =P

The article links listed in English report that Yuuki and 2 co-horts purportedly hauled away 80 reels of electrical cabling worth appx 1 million yen (appx $8,750 USD according to in the wee hours from a construction site.

Clarifying Ripleys: Rachel Worthington @ England

Every once in a while, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not daily comic-feature page of the newspaper has an item on it that doesn’t really provide much details, and I want to learn a skosh more. Here is the feature in question, about 16-year-old Rachel Worthington of Preston, England, who was speared in the face by a metal pole. Turns out a kid nearby was messing around with the pole and ineptly tossed up in the air. This article from the Sun @ UK has a slightly more detailed account, as well as a photo of the girl and her circle of stitches about nose-level. Here’s to a quick recovery, Rachel!