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There are a few great posts out there on building a wireless Bluetooth e-Controller for Zwift however in my tests I found it was interfering with my Ant+ signal and quite small for my big fingers. I wanted a simple solution so I decided on a hard wired button controller, looking at prices online for a gaming button controller was over $100. I then rummaged through my parts draw looking for a cheaper alternative and found a USB Nintendo controller and and I had the 1st part of my project:

Controller

  • Hard Wired – No Interference
  • Inexpensive – On E-bay for less than $20
  • Big Buttons – Perfect for Big Fingers

The next step was working out how to make this work with Zwift and I found this great application called AntMicro which is a graphical program used to map keyboard buttons and mouse controls to a gamepad. Useful for playing games with no gamepad support which works well for what I needed, Kudos to the developers! This was the 2nd part of the project.

Software

  • Ready Available – On the internet
  • Inexpensive – FREE Download
  • Highly Configurable – Opens possibilities to other projects
Image Courtesy of AntMicro

The next part of the project was programming, this was easier than I imagined, just plug in the controller and then step through and allocate the various keyboard shortcuts for Zwift that you require. This completes the 3rd part of the project.

Programming

  • Power Up – Button A – Space
  • Elbow Flick – Button B – F1
  • Screen Shot – Button X – F10
  • Wave Hand – Button Y – F2
  • Look Forward – Up Stick – 1
  • Look Back – Down Stick – 6
  • Look Left – Left Stick – 4
  • Bird’s Eye View – Right Stick – 9
Image courtesy of Zwift Insider

The final part of the project was mounting the controller and labelling the buttons until I memorise them. For mounting the controller I once again rummaged through the parts draw and found a clip-on bicycle mirror which I modified by removing mirror and cutting the surround to fit the controller then hot glued it in place. I also had to super glue the pivot balls as there was too much movement when I pushed the buttons, the super glue fixed that problem.

Mounting and Labelling

By the time I finished this post I had already programmed more functions into the controller which might lead to further ideas, the next revision will be to include shortcuts for OBS Studio so I can change scenes from the controller using a toggle button to change sets to a new button layout.

The final revision as it stands is shown below:

  • Set 1 – e-Controller – My Default Layout
  • Set 2 – e-Controller 2 – Same as Set 1 except camera views are different
  • Set 3 – Team Car – Drone view controlled by joystick for better control
Mounted Just above the right hood for easy access

This works very well and the total cost of the project is about $20 Bargain!

I have more posts coming in following days on my other projects.


Johnny Tselikas

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