This is what was working on for the past few weeks; a cell phone that looks like a game controller ripped out from it's console. It's not a Nes controller, but any controller should work. Also you will need a donor cellphone. I wish i had a nes controller though, it's bigger & has enough space to house a touchscren. But I had to work with whatever I had.
Some of you might ask, why? It's just, it's a geek thing & perhaps only a geek would understand the significance of it. It's for those who like some nostalgia in his everyday lifestyle, but could be a fun project for anyone for that matter.
Step 1: Acquire Donor Cellphone & Start Stripping It.
Take it apart, if the entire phone fits inside the controller, well and good. If not, take it apart, get rid of back & front plastic cover. This will make it thinner. And will fit more easiy.
Then cut out the back of the controller so as to let the keypad & screen pass through.
(Use any sharp tool to outline the shape of that window and scrape that outline repeatedly until the middle plastic portion falls off or can be snapped easily. Use a scale or calipers & find out the rough shape to cut out.) Use a file to smooth out everything.
Step 2: Be As Precise As You Can + Do More Modifications.
In the second picture, you will see that i have tried my best to be clean & accurate with the cutting. The keypad passes through it perfectly.
Step 3: Modify the Front Plastic Panel of Controller
In the second photo, notice I have cut out everything inside and made a lot of room. I Sometimes used a soldering iron or serrated knife or sharp scissors.
Step 4: Hide Irregularities With M-Seal or Suguru or Any Other Similar Compound.
Also make sure you cut out plastic to make way for the charging pin. Pack any empty spaces with suguru/m-seal . (So that the phone is secured in place & doesn't shift or move) (2nd Pic)
Step 5: Modify the Buttons
Step 6: Stick Them Back on the Plastic Panel.
Step 7: Finishing Touches
Putting the screws back in gives a cooler look.
Notice the keypad has changed, its because during sanding I ruined the 1st keypad. But luckily i had another one.
Step 8: Final Surprise (Optional)
Of course you can leave out this step if you want to keep a clean look.
Set it in place with suguru/m-seal compound and leave it to harden completely. Again after it hardens you may want to sand out and make a seamless joint (Shown in next step)
Step 9: It Is DONE!
Step 10: Check If Everything Works.
I have posted some more pics, While charging, in the dark with keypad illuminated, etc.
(People wonder why is the thing plugged to the charger?!)
Step 11: Show Off!
What more can I say? Tell me what you think in the comments.