Anyone who's ever spent a long time gaming or is familiar with marathon gaming sessions knows that the palms of your hands can get a little clammy over time. Thankfully, with a spare PC fan, a drill, and some glue, you can build your own vented and cooled game controller to keep your hands cool.Gaming peripheral manufacturers will be more than happy to charge you between $20 and $40 for a game controller with a built-in fan to keep your hands cool. Gimmick or not, Hack a Day user Happy Dragon decided he could do it cheaper himself.
He used a spare PC fan (looks like a 30 mm case fan) that he attached to the bottom of his Xbox 360 controller to blow air through a hole he cut in the battery compartment, through the body of the controller, and then out the airflow holes he drilled into the grips on each side. The controller is still wireless, and Happy Dragon had to add an external battery pack so he didn't block the airflow. The fan is powered by USB, which he terminates with the end of a wired Xbox controller.
The controller looks like a fun DIY project, especially for someone just getting started modding their own gear. It's not a perfect project, and there are plenty of ways he could improve on the design, but the fact that he used all leftover parts to do it still makes it cheaper than buying a controller with fans in it already. What do you think? Would you give this a try, or just wipe your hands when they get sweaty? Let us know in the comments.
Fan and Vent Holes Prevent Sweaty Gaming Hands [Hack a Day]