Hi Ozzie and welcome. Did we talk at the open house?
Wow I saw that picture before I read the post and cringed while thinking that's exactly the type of injury you see from table saw accidents. It made me cringe even more when I read you were 11
. Images like that go through my mind every time I set foot in my shop. I won't say it's my biggest fear, but man I'm really fond of my digits.
How about a controller with relocated buttons that are easier to reach and use? I think I can help you with this. I suggest we disassemble an xBox controller and reconfigure it by molding and embedding it's electronics in some polycaprolactone plastic (Friendly Plastic, PolyMold, etc.) Some of the switches are probably mounted on the PCB so we might have to wire in some alternative switches, but I don't see that as a problem.
We can put the switches where they are conveniently accessible. I don't know how well you are able to use what remains of your digits, but I think there are ways to compensate to improve your speed or leverage. You don't want to strain your hand because of creating an awkward position or movement. Some of the keys could be moved to the left hand side of the controller on the underside. You have two or three digits on that hand that do nothing but hold the controller. We can free those up for use in button mashing.
Once I've got my kids back in school, I'd be free to help.