Let’s just admit it right now, gaming on an Android device, no matter how big the screen is, can be quite challenging depending on the type of game you’re playing. If it’s a first-person shooter or even games off of one of those emulators, it would just be so much nicer to play it with a controller. We all know that iOS is getting a controller very soon, so what about us Android users? Well, a Reddit user that goes by the name of TheRealBigLou has done it. He’s created his own homemade PlayStation 3 controller dock for his Samsung Galaxy Nexus. He’ll now be able to play all of his Android games in style holding onto the grasp of a PlayStation 3 controller. Does that not sound just wonderful? You may just think this is way too complicated to make, but in reality, TheRealBigLou only used a couple of Boston clips, some rubber bands, an NFC sticker and a very creative mind to create this wondrous tool.
The RealBigLou from Reddit was kind enough to give us all some instructions on how he was able to do this:
So I had a Galaxy Nexus and a Dualshock 3 controller… this was great for playing games but I always had a problem of propping my phone up and being close enough to see what was going on. I decided to create a dock and in true ghetto fashion, I used random office supplies I had lying around.
Essentially, I took 3 Boston clips and 4 rubber bands and fit them together so that the arms of one clip hold the phone while the arms of another held onto the Dualshock 3. I bent the arms with pliers to create better gripping strength. I originally used normal rubber bands but switched to the black hair rubber bands you see in the pictures. This was for both aesthetics but also because they are stronger and hold more tension for their size.
A smaller Boston clip wedges between two larger ones to keep them spread apart but also to make the structure more rigid. One rubber band provides tension for the arms holding the phone, another provides tension to clip to the controller, a third one hold these arms to the smaller clip, and the last one holds the clip part of the big Boston clips together.
I also added heat-shrink tubing to the arms that hold the phone. I ran out but plan to do the same for the arms that clip onto the controller. This just helps it grip better but also protects the devices. An NFC sticker is added to automatically set up the Sixaxis app.
This is definitely a pretty awesome DIY project for those that are willing to put their creative minds to the task. Anyone interested in trying this out or even making their own controller dock for your Android phone? If so, let us know, we’d love to feature your work! I’m sure many will also enjoy it if you post some instructions!
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