Hero of quadroplegic game controllers to retire, replacement needed

Ed sez, "With a retired Bozeman engineer's 70th birthday approaching, disabled gamers say they fear there will be no one to replace Yankelevitz, who has sustained quadriplegic game controllers for 30 years almost entirely by himself. The retired aerospace engineer hand makes the controllers with custom parts in his Montana workshop, offering them at a price just enough to cover parts."


  1. Is this something where parts of it could up uploaded to thingieverse so that they could be printed?

    Because the community could get right on that.

    1. Mostly, I would bet, the main parts are electronic. What this needs is an open source movement…I think most Makers are equipped and willing to do this. Just need to find a few people, like Ed, who are willing to do this for little to no profit.
      I am willing, my shop is mostly equipped and I live within 300 miles of Bozeman. Also, since I am starting a company selling Reprap parts I have a 3d printer if need be.

      Anyone else with me.

  2. This sounds like a job for an Arduino programmer, a SparkFun parts list, and a Maker-Bot 3D image. Am guessing with his knowledge, a small group of people could provide a complete working solution that anyone could assemble by just ordering the pieces and loading the program into the Arduino. Just a thought.

  3. Agree, it’d be great to open source something like this.

    Certainly I’d have no issues with the electrical side of things, no space/money for 3d printing, but I’d guess the main bulk of the electrickey would just need a project box anyway.

  4. Not only does ben heck do such things, but the gaming community will provide — get penny arcade involved, or any major gaming website.

    There might be some well-meaning but poorly implemented false starts, but ultimately it will work out. (Mostly. I think. Hopefully.)

  5. I dropped a note to Mr Yankelevitz on his web site recommending he create an Instructable (or equiv) on these controllers, along with a link to the Montana Ethical Hackers (http://www.mthackers.com/), the closest space listed. (Helena – he is in Bozeman, which is only a 2hr drive on the freeway.) Makerspaces would be a great place to pick up when he re-retires.

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