Playstation 2 controller ADC


[Paul Skinner] sent in an interesting project that he has been working on. The goal is to use biofeedback (heart rate, skin temperature) for sound control. The Playstation controller offers multiple analog inputs so Paul decided to modify one to use as an analog to digital converter. Before tearing the controller down he connected the controller to Max/MSP to make sure he could read the inputs. The majority of the project was spent building amplifiers for the skin temperature and other sensors. Once the amplifier circuit was constructed Paul built several Max/MSP patches to use the data.


  1. chris says:

    very cool and intresting. It’s funny too because at my nasa bioengineering mentorship last year i prototyped somthing very similar to this and then adapted it to optimize pilot aircraft interface. We ended up getting a patent on the aircraft portion, but i always thought that the playstation biofeedback alone would be very cool to have. Nice to see that someone else thought so too :)

  2. cantsleepcatswilleatme says:

    I installed linux on my PS2 controller.

  3. madc0w says:

    noob i have a dual boot mactel netbsd machine on my ps2 controller. I put the whole thing in an altoids tin ;)

  4. ArthurBrazil says:

    i have porn on mine actually im lying awww

  5. Some d0rk says:

    I remember a time not long ago when hacks were useful and interesting, like putting linux on your xbox or running pirated games on your PSP.

  6. digitallysick says:

    i wish they would have a daily hack a day extra

  7. markie says:

    ah, that’s a nice use for a PS2-controller.. reminds me of this post (even though I still don’t know if that is a hoax or not)

  8. mister_hxc says:

    that looks quite fake, but this is a good hack

  9. Alex says:

    Mad idea, but there so something I like to ask. I need a custom ps2 controller for my sister. She as arthritis and can’t use the normal ones. She can use PC mices,keyborads and trackerballs. I can use an iron but thats it. Any help be welcome.

  10. Tom says:

    thats kool but ive done it alreay and my is c threw and it talk when u kill some thing it say “OMFG NICE SHOT” or “BOOM HEADSHOT” its kool

  11. Ken says:

    Hey- this is what I need! I wish to control the “X” button via EEG, using BioExplorer.
    Easiest way I can figure to interface would be amplitude modulation of a simple sine wave. as the amplitude increases, the pressure value of the X button goes up. I am looking for someone to draw the schematic and/or build this for me.
    Anyone have extra time that they want to turn into a little $$?

  12. Les Garwood says:

    Help please: I cannot locate the full article for this hack and am very interested in it. I wish to build a device to help my son with his medical condition and this sounds like it is very close to what I need.

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