At the dawn of the video game era, systems like the Atari 2600 and even the original arcade version of Pong used potentiometers, or “paddles” for player control. Hacker “mit-mit,” inspired by the fact that modern gaming controllers no longer use this type of device, decided to take this concept to the next level as an alternative controller for the 2018 Global Game Jam event. Instead of one, or even two knobs, his features a total of four potentiometers, along with a button, and an area for a NeoPixel LED to shine though.
The Bluetooth-enabled gadget is wired using a solderless breadboard, and the internals are stuffed into a nicely 3D-printed enclosure. This gives it a rather finished look, and includes a USB port for charging its battery, as well as an on/off switch on the side. Since nothing’s soldered in place, this means the that components can be easily recycled, or the device could even be upgraded in the future.
As for what kind of game would require four separate knobs, mit-mit did come up with a rather interesting game called “Trasmission: defence.” In it, one adjusts the frequency and range of four pulses emanating adjacent to a satellite in order to intercept incoming missiles.
Be sure to check it out in the video below!