The 'KeyStick' is a Nylon Plastic Tool to Transform Ordinary Keyboards

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 5, 2016
References: thingiverse & shapeways
User 'Cravin4Epicnes' on Thingverse designed the 'KeyStick,' a small peripheral that transforms ordinary keyboards into a better tool for gaming. The four prongs of the device are arranged in such a way that they can be used to act as the up, down, left and right controls during a computer game. The small device is meant to be made with a nylon plastic and is described as having "a matte finish and slight grainy feel."

Makers can download the 3D printing files for the KeyStick on Thingverse, but those without access or experience working with a 3D printer have the option to order the keyboard joystick ready-made through Shapeways.

The rise of maker culture is inspiring a new generation of gamers to program their own games, make modifications to controllers or even create their own consoles from scratch.