Eitan Glinert has a fine article just published at Gamasutra. If you care about Game Accessibility - read some of the comments, which may get you a bit fired up. Maybe the title is a little mis-leading as very few people expect all games to be accessible for everyone - but some can be - and more should be more accessible. I think it would be hard for anyone to dispute that and not look bitter and twisted.
Put more simply - the chair follows a pre-determined track on the floor when the user presses their single switch. A great idea, that's been in use since in some UK schools since 1990 seemingly. Fun.
The Moozi joystick comes in a large range of styles and colours. We've received a low-profile black joystick which looks great next to the primary coloured able-net switches everyone seems to use (us included). First impressions were of how well put together the joystick feels. It's weighty and feels very solid indeed. It uses a 'D9' plug, so needs an adapter to connect to a PC. No problem - TNI's Woodpecker works brilliantly, as does the AtariAge Stelladaptor (which I have in stock presently).
The Flexzi mounting solutions we've received are equally well made. We've been loaned one with a bracket and one with velcro fixings. Both are really easy to use, and are firm when in position but do give a little. Thanks to this, you're a lot less likely to knock yourself out with them if you hit the mounted controller hard with your head.
Really great equipment, which I wish we could keep! They'll be getting some really good usage soon.
The first company to donate to the SpecialEffect Games Roadshow is Technology and Integration. Belgian based, but dealing internationally, they kindly donated one of their excellent "Woodpecker USB" switch interfaces.
This compact device allows you to connect up to five accessibility switches and also an Atari style joystick (which just happens to be the 'D9' style adopted by many wheelchairs). I've been testing this device with MERU's Moozi 'D9' joysticks with great success having it control the mouse pointer and to play games too (more of which later).
In short, the Woodpecker is one of the most versatile and compact switch interfaces available for the PC. It's great for a huge range of games and works with JoyToKey too. Thank you TNI!
Although expensive (will cost you just over £50 delivered), it looks like a good way to get most accessible controllers working on a PS3. I'm hopeful that I can get my PS2-SID working on this too in the near future. When I get a PS3 that is.
As a side note, I've just received a component reportedly needed to get my PS2-SID working on Xbox 360 and hopefully other consoles. Fingers crossed time!
Via: Tim Chase at IGDA GASIG Mailing List
"Mike Phillips is a gamer and freelance technology writer born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Using his thumb and a proximity switch to access his computer he is a prolific journalist and has contributed chapters to several books. Assistive technology has opened the world for him. For a high resolution version go here: AssistiveWare.com"
Via: Tip from Special Effect