iOS Switch Recipes and Guided Access

Switch Recipes in iOS9. Starry background with a red switch in front.

Ian Bean has just recently posted two simple to follow guides to give a fine introduction to Switch Recipes and Guided Access on Apple iOS (iPads and iPhones).

These are brilliant access features to get to grips with for iOS which I hope Android will one day replicate. Huge thanks to Apple and all backers for adding Switch Recipes especially.

I hope to add my own video soon focussing more on Switch Recipes and the fantastic potential for mobile one-switch games, photography, music creation and more...

iOS Guided Access: image of a padlock in front of a surprised caveman.

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Assistive Technology: What does it mean to you?

Great short video from Assistive Technology Ireland with a group of people using AT (including my C-SID). I hope too for the day that the input device you want to use, be it via switches, eye-gaze or whatever will interface with any technology you want. One day... 

C-SID switch accessible interface for Xbox One, PS4 and more.


Soul Calibur defeated...

Colin McDonnell having just completed Soul Calibur using a single switch (and One Switch Pulse Tekken profile).

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JoyToKey 5.7 Updates

Very exciting new update for JoyToKey, with thanks to the brilliant programmer Ryo Ohkubo finding time to add it for me. Both sounds and images can now be attached to each profile. This is a massive boost for the accessibility of the system.

For use on consoles especially, the PC screen can be used to indicate what the profile is doing. I'll try to get a video up soon, but imagine the system with Pool for instance. The pictures could change between an image of a camera (to change the view), an image of arrows pointing left and right (change aim) and a picture of a ball being hit (select power). Huge possibilities and hope for a stretched full-screen mode one day too.

Really pleased to see the two-switch system making it's way over to Japan in the video above. Great stuff! Maybe there will be a Japan vs. England game competition one day using switches.

JoyToKey: OneSwitch Pulse system and sound and images options.


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Some fantastic switch access updates to follow this Teletext interval....

Sam Walker at the Beautiful Octopus Club (September 2015)

Sam Walker performing live at Heart n Soul's The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival at London's Southbank Centre on Friday 4 September, 2015.

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Chase the Tear

Hoping for a fourth Portishead album before too long. Music for Autumn.


Gaming Redux: So Far

Plane Minimalism: Image of a black sky with 6 jet planes criss-crossing with coloured vapour trails.

Progress continues in reducing game controls down to one and two-switch access with a range of previously inaccessible games. So far in the One Switch Pulse system is: Call of Duty MW3, Everybody's Golf, Everyday the Same Dream, Minecraft, Pool Nation, Proteus, Tekken 6, The Graveyard, The Pinball Arcade, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, Trapshoot, Visual Pinball and more.

Next up MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) including Namco's Alpine Racer, Asteroids, Galaxian, Space Invaders, Frogger, Peggle 2, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture.

Planning also to expand the system, with a one joystick (of any type) and one, two or more buttons in a smooth way.

Picture via: Plane Minimalism


PS4 Adapters for One Handed Controllers

One Handed Controller on Playstation 4 via adapters.

A question I'm getting asked a lot at the moment is how to get One Handed PS2 Controllers working on a Playstation 4. The most affordable and simplest way is to daisy chain a Playstation 2 to Xbox 360 adapter into an XCM Cross Fire Converter 3.0 as seen in the picture above.

Now that it's quite easy to buy off the shelf One Handed Controllers, I've decided to hold back selling these for a whilst I'm concentrating on other projects. If people need a more advanced solution using extra controls, a Titan One is certainly worth looking at too.

XCM Cross Fire Converter 3.0 (Xbox 360 to PS4 adapter)

Playstation 2 to Xbox 360 adapter

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How Far We've Come, How Far We've Got to Go (2006)

The video above from Michael B. Williams is a fascinating glimpse into his use of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) devices. If short of time, fast forward to the bit on the Votrax based HandiVoice 120 and John Eulenberg around the 25 minute mark. Love the sound of a Votrax, but I've found it hard to understand since it was used heavily in Gorf and various pinball machines in the arcades.

Below this is a Wikipedia picture of a 1970s Toby Churchill communicator with monster battery pack which would have been much easier to use for those with the skills to use the keyboard. No speech though at that time, just an LED text display.

Via: YouTube and

HandiVoice - Votrax (A.A.C. device).

Toby Churchill LightWriter from 1970s (via Wikipedia). A.A.C. device.

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