"Cheese Swingers from Blackrat Studios is a one switch game in which the player controls a rat as he swings a piece of cheese around on a string and knocks bees out the air as they try to steal pots of nectar. Weird, but fun. Also included in the zip file is a source template (.gmk) showing how to set up your own one switch game along with a list of websites with various articles on accessibility gaming to help you out."
Reminiscent of an ancient Cinematronics game called Rip Off, this is a lot of fun - and brilliant to see the support for accessible gaming all there from the go.
Technical Solutions Australia have produced a marvellous looking scanning switch interface for almost all iPod MP3 players, named "iScan-MP3".
It's great when popular everyday devices such as the iPod get a specialist switch adaptation. It should be even better when most electrical devices can interface to other devices via a standard wireless protocol. If designers of electrical equipment are then made to consider disability access, life could become so much fairer. Imagine a wireless switch interface that simply links into some simple scan and select software to enable users to access MP3 players and so on. That will be nice...
Thanks to Thierry Danigo of Reseau Nouvelles Technologies APF for this link.
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Alongside the obvious fantastic uses for this in cooking, don't forget making use of a something like the "Power Link 2" for switch control of basic twist timer microwaves, can openers, food-mixers and more.
Via: TLWMSN Blog
The OZNAKI Project was an educational robotics project inspired by the MIT LOGO Project. The project, which ran from 1975-84, used the very earliest micromputers, including the Australian Poly-88 (in 1976+), TRX-80 (1977+) and Apple II (1978 +).
The Educational aim was the enhancement of mathematical abilities, however, the project evolved to cover enabling technology for disabled users. This included possibly the earliest use of accessibility switches with computers. Learn more on their pioneering "Computer Communication Access and Programming by Severely Disabled Project" at the OZNAKI Project web-page.
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Camera Mouse is now available for free from Boston College. All you need is a web cam and you are good to go! Free software for use with head trackers is also available. Read the TLWMSN previous blog post for more information.
Via: TLWMSN blog
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Have also found two new on-line shops stocking HORI Super Robot Wars Controllers. In Hong Kong there is Toys n Joys and in the USA you have National Console Support (for the moment).
Labels: Game Accessibility Shop
For do it yourself tinkerers - take a look at Matt Schnieder's switch adapted camera hack.