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Becky over at Adafruit is taking the wraps off an all new project, a capacitive touch sensitive plush USB game controller. At the core of the project is the Adafruit Flora, which is connected to eight pads of conductive fabric. The Flora uses Modern Device’s Capacitive Sensing library to read whether or not you’re touching the buttons and passes the appropriate keystroke along to your computer via USB. Best of all, when you’re not using it, you can unplug it and throw it on your couch or bed. And of course the sewing pattern, code, and step-by-step instructions are available over at Adafruit’s Learning System.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


  • http://www.stuffedcabbageinc.com/tinker Christian Restifo

    Idea: turn a bunch of pillows into buttons and such so that you can make a gigantic controller that requires jumping/diving on pillows.

  • http://mattechnology.blogspot.com toolkitman

    nice retro idea Becky! ; )