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Adapt a phone keyboard for gaming Make it into a games controller

Before

Adapt a phone keyboard for gaming

After

Adapt a phone keyboard for gaming

The original problem here was that the touch screen controls were over the screen, and my thumbs covered half the screen as I played the game! As you can imagine, it made it very difficult to slay my foes. 

But all was not lost - I had a physical keyboard attached to my phone! The emulator allowed me to program the buttons that would normally be used for typing, and change them into game buttons. But alas, my thumbs were still too fat! In the heat of battle, my fat thumbs would find the wrong buttons causing me to run away instead of charge my enemy! As you can imagine, this caused problems. 

…could sugru help me slay my foes?! I think so! So I covered my phone in plastic wrap and went to work. I opened up 4 minipacks of sugru and wrapped it around the keyboard of my phone, taking great care to get an imprint of each button. After it cured, I removed the plastic wrap and now solid sugru, peeled the two apart and began placing my thumbs where I thought the buttons should go. 

I used beads as buttons, but the D-pad needed to be special…iconic…so I salvaged the D-pad from an old broken controller. I cut small circular holes in the sugru where I wanted the buttons to sit, cut out a + where the D-pad would sit and placed them all together! I took great care in making sure each bead would land correctly on phones keyboard.  I sealed them in place with one last pack of sugru and waited once more for it to cure. At last! Completion! Now I can fight my enemies with ease! Aaron, Tacoma

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