Controller

Trumpet MIDI Controller blows, in a good way

Trumpet MIDI Controller blows, in a good way

Instruments where you are required to blow surprisingly strongly into one end have always entertained me, so it's with curiosity that I look at Thomas Craig and Bradley Factor's Trumpet MIDI Controller.  Built as part of a Cornell University project, the device allows trumpeters to control either musical input from the trumpet itself, or control other devices such as synthesizers, by natural playing.

The PS3 Xbox Controller mod

The PS3 Xbox Controller mod

Back in April Ben Heck modded a PS3 controller to fit inside of an Xbox 360 one. Well now he's decided to flip that and cram an Xbox 360 controller inside of a PS3 one.

NES clone all inside of an NES Controller

NES clone all inside of an NES Controller

There have been a few NES controller mods, but one modder managed to fit a famiclone inside of his. The mod was made specifically for his girlfriend for her birthday, since she is a big NES fan. Which also means he was a little more thorough to make sure it was right just for her.

The famiclone comes with several built-in games, so many actually that he was extremely disappointed when he couldn't manage to play them all before giving it to his girlfriend. With the controller itself, by using the 2nd player control port you can also use a Lightgun.

Peak Products Starpex full-size wood Guitar Controller

Peak Products Starpex full-size wood Guitar Controller

Our own Chris Scott Barr would likely never forgive me for saying it, but one of the reasons I've never really gotten into either Guitar Hero or Rock Band is because it all looks a bit naff.  Plastic instruments end up looking like kids toys, unless you're willing to invest some serious hack-time in them.  So Peak Products' Starpex could actually bring new gamers like myself onboard; styled after a real guitar, it has an instrument-quality, high-gloss lacquered finish with a hardwood body, neck, and headstock handcrafted by a leading guitar manufacturer.

DS Paddle Controller for perfect Arkanoid gameplay

DS Paddle Controller for perfect Arkanoid gameplay

If you're a sucker for some classic Breakout action then Arkanoid on the Gameboy DS has probably been near the top of your must-buy list this month.  If you've got it, you may be pretty pleased with your current high-score; however, how well do you think you could do with a proper paddle controller?  Taito have made a limited number of the plug-in accessories, perfect for flinging around a bouncing ball.

ASUS Eee Stick Wiimote-alikes hit FCC

ASUS Eee Stick Wiimote-alikes hit FCC

Someone at ASUS has obviously decided that there's a market for Wiimote-like peripherals, since a filing for the Eee Stick wireless gesture-based controllers has just shown up at the FCC.  According to the report, two Sticks will be supplied - one with a D-pad and the other with an analogue controller - together with a USB dongle using an unnamed 2.4GHz wireless connection.

ASUS Eee Stick Wiimote-clone tested, look promising

ASUS Eee Stick Wiimote-clone tested, look promising

Rather unsurprisingly - since I think even ASUS would admit where their "inspiration" came from - the Eee Stick controller has been likened to Nintendo's Wiimote.  Jake Ludington got a chance to test out the motion-sensitive interface while at Computex, which ASUS are positioning not so much as a gaming peripheral but as a generally fresh way to interact with normal PC apps.

Wiispray prototype graffiti controller for Wii

Wiispray prototype graffiti controller for Wii

Nintendo's non-traditional interface for the Wii console lends itself to any number of odd controller hacks and designs, and the latest is this prototype Wiispray can.  Part of Martin Lihs' final thesis at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany, the can-style casing contains a dismembered Wiimote coupled to a nozzle button.  It can be used to manipulate an on-screen virtual spraycan, with different paints and color options that are controlled by realistic graffiti movements.