Benjamin J. Heckendorn is no stranger to game pads designed for people with disabilities, but the macro controller he just whipped up for Patrick Crowley (pictured above) might be his most impressive accessibility hack yet. On the latest episode of his show the modding extraordinaire crafts a breakout box that allows a complex set of commands to be triggered with just the touch of a button or foot switch. The box at the heart of the project is powered by a PIC microcontroller that takes inputs from a series of modular switches (up to eight) and turns them into virtual button presses that are fed to an Xbox 360 through a standard controller. In addition to being able to swap in eight different inputs, each one can be programmed to perform a different macro. We won’t ruin all of the fun — check out the PR and full episode after the break to watch everything from Ben Heck’s holiday epiphany through the final testing.
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If you’ve spent any time whatsoever in SketchUp, there’s a better-than-average chance you’ll have a ball within Autodesk 123D. The new Windows-based program — which quietly slid into beta a couple of weeks ago — is a gratis, stripped-down version of Autodesk’s famed Inventor application, but it still offers a plethora of design tools for something that’s being given away free of charge. We’re told that just the basics are here, and sadly, it’s not open source; that said, it does have an option for exporting to STL, and you will find support for assemblies and constraints. Eager to toss something else in your 3D modeling toolkit? Hit the links below to get started, and feel free to check your wallet at the door.
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