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That’S How She Rolls: Girl Builds Custom Katamari Controller

by Alisha K.

Hackster Queen (of All Cosmos, naturally) Kellbot has created what may become the ultimate Katamari Damacy experience: a spherical controller, so you can roll while you roll. It’s enough to make me want to learn how to wire things together.

diy trackball sphere katamari damacy controller

With a metal ball, an optical mouse, bits of PS2 controllers, and a little help from Arduino, Kellbot put together the roll-a-riffic controller of all Katamari lover’s dreams. Now if only we could get that in, say, a giant beach ball form.

Kellbot calls the controller “a hella fun way” to experience Katamari Damacy, and the video footage makes me want to agree. It also looks hella accurate, while we’re throwing qualifiers around.

A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.

[Life-Size Katamari Controller via CrunchGear]

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Comments (2):

  1. technabob says:

    This just begs the question: How come Katamari doesn’t ship with a trackball controller? That would make so much more sense than those stupid joystick controls.

  2. allaina says:

    i happen to believe that someone at katamari’s development team should be taking a note from this. the joysticks are just fine to use, but a trackball would indeed make this game [even more] hella fun.

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