It’s not just “a piece of cardboard” now.
Japanese researcher Yoshifuji Kentaro has made an amazing development with the Nintendo Labo — instead of using the Labo for playtime, Yoshifuji actually tweaked the toy-con to steer a wheelchair!
In a tweet by Kentaro (@origamicat) himself, the inventor showed a young boy in a wheelchair, holding the Toy-Con motorbike, which was used to control the wheelchair. With the help of the Nintendo Labo, the boy was able to go forward, sideways, and even reverse!
The video tweet has gone viral on Twitter, garnering 13, 900 retweets, 25, 500 likes, and a total of 599,000 views.
How exactly did they do it?
In a Twitter thread by Kentaro, the Japanese researcher showed everyone how their routine went for four days while figuring out the mechanics for this project.
The whole team took out their Nintendo Switch consoles and Nintendo Labo kits and laid it out, ready for assembling.
The group played with the Nintendo Labo Robot Kit on day 2. Is this still part of the building process or are they taking a break?
This is the day when we actually see some progress. A video tweet shows Kentaro’s workstation, with two laptops and multiple wires on top of a table. The external motor for the project is also seen on the video, where it is being controlled by one of the Switch’s joy-cons.
The last day was spent on making their interns use their Labo creation to play and have fun.
In a translated tweet, Yoshifuji Kentaro says
I think that rides are exciting and fun to drive after all. The wheelchair is no exception.
Even before the Labo, Yoshifuji Kentaro has been known for his invention to improve wheelchairs. In high school, Kentaro invented a new mechanic for an electric wheelchair which won him an award representing Japan.