The adapter is 3D printed and makes it possible for Switch games to be played using just one hand.
Whenever a new games console is released, it ships with a new controller designed to be used with two hands. But not everyone can game using both of their hands, meaning either a special controller is required or certain games simply can’t be played.
Nintendo’s Switch is the latest hardware to pose such a problem for single-handed gamers. However, it looks as though the problem has been solved thanks to an engineer with a friend in need and a 3D printer.
As Eurogamer reports, mechatronics engineer Julio Vazquez, known as Vexelius on Thingiverse, created the adapter to solve a problem. His friend Rami Wehbe lost the ability to control his right hand due to a cerebrovascular accident, but wanted a way to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch.
The Joy-Cons are split with one meant to be held in your right and left hands. Placing them in the Joy-Con Grip accessory doesn’t help with single hand use. The Switch Pro Controller is also designed for two-handed use, meaning it’s also unsuitable for Wehbe. So Vazquez came up with a very simple 3D printed solution.
The 3D printed adapter he created allows both Joy-Cons to be securely slid into place next to each other, but at a near 90 degree angle to one another. The shape created is easy to grip, with the player’s fingers and thumb positioned within reach of all the buttons as the video above demonstrates.
It’s sure to take some getting used to, but with practice even the most complex of inputs should be possible. It’s also going to do wonders for your hand strength with repeated use.
Vazquez said the design took “almost a week of research and lots of failed prototypes.” That’s because he needed to ensure it was easy to print while remaining lightweight and practical. He clearly succeeded and is sharing the adapter under a Creative…