Though its cardboard applications are definitely finite, you can’t deny the Nintendo Labo is a fine piece of DIY hardware. For those unfamiliar, the cardboard bits can be assembled with the Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con controllers to create some pretty interactive constructs including a fishing rod, a piano, or even a giant mech. While these Toy-Cons are all cool in their own right, they haven’t yet demonstrated much in how the platform can be used to solve real-world problems.

Japanese inventor Kentaro Yoshifuji (the guy standing beside the Labo user in the video above) recently took the Nintendo Labo’s cheap cardboard parts for a real-world problem-solving spin. Using his own expertise in electronic wheelchair tech, he modified the Nintendo Labo to work with a 13-year-old boy’s wheelchair.

The boy in question uses a wheelchair due to a heart condition. Like the rest of us, he probably had no idea he would ever be able to control his chair via Nintendo.

Nintendo Labo was made with the purpose of sparking creativity in the Nintendo Switch’s users; this is just one example of how the technology can be used for the betterment of humanity.

What would you create?


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