While arguably not a "mod" in the traditional sense, this amazing custom command station, designed for Kerbal Space Program, certainly takes the spirit of modding your favourite game and brings it into the physical world in spectacular fashion.
This story comes from MakerFaire in Singapore, where a team called Makerforce have created this custom command station for KSP. This is a far cry from the usual controller modification that this game is perhaps known for; this is more like a full-size arcade cabinet, complete with an integrated monitor and custom-made housing for the controls.
The design has been inspired by a NASA mission control station, and every single button on the unit is fully functional and mapped to a function within the game. The lights and buttons are wired into two Arduino units, which then relay the commands to the game using the Serial IO mod for Kerbal Space Program.
The middle section holds a 27 inch monitor, joystick and buttons on the bottom panels, and more switches and lights on the top panel. Everything is hooked up to an Arduino Mega then to the computer. Every single switch and button essential for playing Kerbal Space Program is built into the station, even a toggle to switch it to docking mode.
The monitor is 27" in size and the frame is fully custom built from wood, painted white to match the color of the case that houses the PC which runs the game.
Makerforce say that the cabinet is still a work in progress, but from what I've seen so far, this is undoubtedly something that any KSP fan is going to be jealous of.
I know I want one.
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