Stand Up Arcade Controllers Using Adult Walkers




Introduction: Stand Up Arcade Controllers Using Adult Walkers

I need sturdy, portable stand-up controllers for my GameStation system. They need to be light enough that one person can carry both controllers and both standing bases. My dad suggested using walkers and that was a dang good idea so...

Parts List

  • 2 X-Arcade Dual Joystick Controllers ($130 each = $260)
  • 2 Adult Walkers ($10 each = $20)
    • found one on craigslist and one at Unique
  • 16 3/8 in. x 2 in. Stainless-Steel Carriage Bolts ($.37 each = $3)
  • 8 Stainless-Steel Ceiling Flanges ($1.40 each = $11)
  • 8 Stainless-Steel 1 in. Diameter Split-Ring Pipe Hangers ($2.16 each = $17)
  • Machine Screw and Nut sets (4 screws in each, $1.18 each = $5)

Total Cost: $316

Cost without controllers: $56

Tools Used

  • Dremel
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill

Step 1: Step 1: Cutting the Heads Off the Carriage Bolts

I couldn't find short threaded rods, so I had to make my own. I used carriage bolts because it would be easy to cut the heads off and have them all be generally the same length. I cut them with a metal-cutting bit on my Dremel.

This step was hard to get right and I had go back on each one and sand off extra bits which were making them difficult to screw in.

Suggestion: buy pre-made short threaded rods.

Step 2: Step 2: Drill Holes in X-Arcade Controller's Bottom

  1. Remove the controller bottom
    • bottom is attached with six little screws
    • It's a thin piece of wood about 53cm by 20cm

  2. put together the flange/split-ring/bolt sets
  3. put them on top of the walker
  4. rest the X-Arcade back on top
  5. measure where the holes should be
  6. drill holes big enough to fit machine screws

pro tip: Use the first board as a pattern to drill holes in the second board

Step 3: Step 3: Attach Ceiling Flange to Controller Bottom

I added washers to my machine screw set because the board is kinda flimsy on it's own.

Screw in the carriage bolts and split rings once you've replaced the bottom on the X-Arcade

Step 4: Step 4: Attach Controllers to the Walkers

Now you're ready to put it all together. I put the screw-side of the split rings pointing to the outside so they're easier to get to.



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    13 Discussions

    This is a great idea. I made this attaching 2 pipe clamps to the ceiling flanges so I did not have to mount flanges to the bottom of the X-arcade dual joystick. Now I can
    easily remove the joystick when not in use.

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    3 years ago

    What a great idea! I have a similar control board I built some time back but never used and a walker left over from when I was in the hospital last year. I think I'll give this a try and let you know.

    Unfortunately, I don't have raspberry pi at the moment. I've just been using a plain laptop.

    Some day in the future, when a generation raised on video games retires, everyone will have these. Great job!

    Nice! I'm working on my own pedestal arcade and the wife wants something that can easily be stored out of sight. This might be the ticket.

    it would be nicer if you had made the controls youre self. but stil a very nice project!

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    I love this, and have the same setup. 2 Xarcade duals. Respect and favoriting from me. Good idea, considering the walkers height are about where your elbow's comfort level is.

    Keep up the good work, and happy gaming.
    Thanks for posting.

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    OK now, that's pretty clever! I can imagine other uses for this arrangement, too.

    Those walkers are fairly plentiful at thrift store; bet they could be had for cheap.