Toky Gamepad

A Do-It-Yourself Gamepad


The Toky Gamepad is a game controller that you can use to create your own games. There are many different functions to include in your game like a slider, press buttons, speakers, tilt functions, or even vibrations. Get started today!

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We’ve all had a Gameboy before. What if we make our own Gamepad with our own self invented games?

We can make a Gamepad from cardboard using the Tokymaker and some sensors. You can find an example game below, but feel free to be creative and create your own.

Ball Game Instructions

Let us program a Ball game!

The objective of the game is to avoid the balls coming from the right. This is obtained by moving the slider. If you move the slider, your ball will change in height. If you touch the wall, its game over. Touch “Touch Pad 2” to restart and 1 or 3 to control your speed. At the end of the game your score will be printed on the screen.

The inputs are:

  • slider
  • push buttons
  • sonar sensor
  • tilt sensor

The outputs are:

  • speaker
  • LED strip
  • vibration

Materials & Tools


Learn to code your own prototypes using the simple visual coding interface and just one finger and program it without installing software or connecting cables.

LED Strip

An LED strip is a flexible circuit board populated by surface mounted light-emitting diodes (SMD LEDs) and other components that usually comes with an adhesive backing.


Heavy-duty paper with multiple layers to create durability, but also maintaining foldability. Cardboard usually made of a corrugated fiberboard sandwiched between two flat layers of paper.

Sonar Sensor

Ultrasonic sensors are non-intrusive in that they do not require physical contact with their target, and can detect certain clear or shiny targets otherwise obscured to some vision-based sensors.


A potentiometer is a three-terminal resistor with a rotating contact that forms an adjustable voltage divider.

Box Cutter

Also known as a retractable blade knife is a great tool to cut cardboard or paperboard.

Rubber Band

An elastic band used to hold multiple things together.

Tilt sensor

Tilt sensors and inclinometers generate an artificial horizon and measure angular tilt with respect to this horizon.


A buzzer or beeper is an audio signalling device.


A push-button or simply button is a simple switch mechanism for controlling some aspect fort he input.


A type of fastener consisting of two strips. One strip is covered with loops and the other with flexible hooks. When the two strips are pressed together the hooks will grab onto the loops.


Gamepad template:

[download id=”7298″]

Wire diagram:

[download id=”6711″]

Wire Diagram

Assembly Instructions

Step 1: Print and cut out the gamepad template.

Step 2: Mark the areas highlighted in blue and lightly cut along the lines.

Step 3: Attach the sensors to the gamepad base.

Step 4: Connect the sensors to the Tokymaker.

Follow the wire diagram to connect the sensors.

It is best to tape the wires down or tape high wire-traffic areas together.

The sonar sensor can be attached to the top of the Tokymaker, but is not depicted in the wire diagram.

Step 5: Attach the LED to the top of the Gamepad cover.
Step 6: Glue the tabs to the sides of the Base.

Step 7: Wrap the rubber band around the external piece.

Use a slip knot to wrap the rubber band around the external piece of cardboard.

Step 8: Thread the rubber band through the holes in the Base.

Step 9: Wrap the rubber band around the corner of the Gamepad.

Note: Make sure to wrap the rubber band around the external piece.



You can download the game here : [download id=”6698″]

Go To Shop

Purchase different sensors and accessories in the shop to help make your project a success!

TokyProject Designers

Michael DiGregorio

Tokymaker Shifu
Joined the TokyLabs team summer of 2018 for a summer internship. Student at Stevens Institute of Technology studying electrical engineering.
Hobbies: Card tricks, History, and Reading

Mendy Yu

Tokymaker Shifu
Joined the TokyLabs team summer of 2018 for a summer internship. Student at Rochester Institute of Tehcnology studying mechanical engineering.
Hobbies: Puzzles, Arts&Crafts