Making custom foot pedals for the Xbox One

Disability, Maker / Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Caleb from Make: has blogged about his process for making custom foot pedals for people who have physical disabilities.

There is some great content here with 6 Video Episodes covering the complete process, and it is refreshing to see the reality of just how much time and effort can go into these projects.


In this episode I’m finishing up these external control pods. You can see that my lack of planning keeps biting me as I overlook simple design issues and have to retrace my work.

I love the honesty and it’s so important to acknowledge mistakes in the process. This shit ain’t easy, yo!

I watch a lot of YouTube content on Woodworking and you’d think these talented folk never make a single mistake. It’s inspiring to see their amazing projects, but for a disabled wannabe it’s also slightly frustrating thinking I can’t do it as well, or at all.
It’s clear that the future of disabled gaming is going to get better and better. With not just traditional manufacturers building but the crowd-sourcing power of the Internet, other projects such e-Nable show that thousands of awesome people are happy to volunteer their time and money to help a stranger in need.


I paralyzed my dominant arm when I was almost 18, some 25 years ago now. I was an avid Gamer and Arcade fan. I was pretty crap, but happy to spend my 20c at the local Fish & Chip shop (which all the local kids lovingly called the Rathole) on a very regular basis.

I did feel sad at losing that part of me and my life, and over the years PC gaming slowly, excruciatingly so, become more disabled-gamer friendly. I have spent stinky_shopify_1024x1024money on Joysticks, footpedals, micewith many extra buttons, head-tracking and steering wheels.

I also struggled with Games that poor custom options, keyboard controls that couldn’t be changed leading to me being unable to jump, or cast some complex magical spell. There were games I purchased that I only played a few minutes before realising I couldn’t continue. That could have been $90 completely wasted.

I taught myself how to play FPS well and could shoot and strafe quite well, even in online games against able-bodied gamers.

I’ve stopped gaming now but continue to blog about it as I’ve have feedback over the years how useful it has been for people looking for inspiration. If you want to learn more about accessible gaming  click this link.


I think in the future I will be pitching in like Caleb does in his precious spare time. Mine also is limited as I suffer Chronic Pain, exhaustion and spend many hours building a business we can operate from home in the evenings and weekends.

On behalf of all one-handed Gamers like me, I offer my one-handed applause, hugs and sincerest thanks to Caleb and the many others like him.Robbie

Nice one Bro, nice one.


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