Picture of Massage me Gamepad hack
How to hack playstation gamepads keys and use the Massage me touch pad as a button inputs. You can use other sensors as well. This version works only for digital inputs unfortunately. Analog input version will be coming soon.

- - please also visit - -
(this instructable is part of a series, please also visit Massage me Jacket and Massage me Custom cable and plug for the complete instructions on how to make Massage me)

Check out videos at Massage me on YouTube
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Open the gamepad

Picture of Open the gamepad
We found the Hama PC-Gamepad Double Action AirGrip to be easy to hack.

First, unscrew all the screws on the gamepad and open it. The inside looks more or less like this (see picture). It also has motors for "Dual shock", but I took the picture after I cut the cable... sorry.

Step 2: How the buttons work on gamepads

Picture of How the buttons work on gamepads
The buttons of the gamepad looks like this (see picture). There are 2 separated metal parts, and when you push the silicon button, the black conductive part inside the silicon button touches these metal parts and makes the connection, the electricity goes through and pushed the button. Note that these black conductive parts have 1.5k resistance.

Step 3: Extend the button inputs

Picture of Extend the button inputs
One side of the metal part is connected to Vcc (3.5V) and the other side is connected to the microcontroller on the gamepad. To use Massage me input as buttons, we connected the Vcc to one side of the touchpad in the jacket, and the other side of the touchpad goes to the input connection of the microcontroller of the gamepad. 3.5v can be taken directly from the gamepad VDD (see picture). If it is not written on the circuit, it is the pin connected to the 5 th pin of the playstation plug (more info from

The Massage me Jacket has 10 different kind of buttons, up, down, right, left, triangle, circle squire ,cross, select and start. Each connection to the gamepad input for these buttons is extended with a cable (red cables on the picture).
avibank9115 years ago
You must have extreme patience to solder such tiny spaces, how did you manage that?

dsman1952767 years ago
sweet . but will this work with ps1?
The controller hacked is a PS1 compatible controller and the setup of Massage me is such that it works with the PS1.So, yes, it works with PS1, what we've actually never tried is using it with the PS2.
thx so much i have to try this