Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Thursday, 25 September 2008 4:50 pm. 0 Comments
Just learnt from a good customer that the C-SID (Console-Switch Interface Deluxe) works great with a Playstation 3 through a Logic 3 adapter (available from Amazon). You need to press SELECT and UP to get started though - which involves plugging a switch into the SELECT socket to start with. Should work with many one-handed controllers too.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Wednesday, 24 September 2008 1:35 pm. 1 Comments
I loved South Korea when I visited some years back. I'd like to have visited North Korea too but I only got as far as the border. Click on the picture above to find out what I might have seen in one of their arcades if they'd let me in.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Saturday, 20 September 2008 11:01 pm. 1 Comments
Just had a fantastic night at the EASTmeetsWEST outdoor event: "As the sun sets, the audience [were] treated to a beautiful promenade performance featuring hundreds of Chinese lanterns culminating with a fantastic finale show based upon the moving Chinese folk story of Chang E and her voyage to the moon, retold with dramatic pyrotechnic effects."
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Friday, 19 September 2008 4:19 pm. 1 Comments
"Gimme Some Friction" - is an inventive one button spin-off from Puzzle Bobble games. It's more than just that though - with much of the initial enjoyment coming from working out what you need to do. A switch hooked up to the Left Mouse Click (ensuring the mouse pointer is over the main play area) is all you need.
This builds upon the likes of timer and latching devices that have been around as long as I can remember, that can aid people unable to hold a switch for a prolonged time. Handy for racing games, where holding down the accellerator/gas button for a long time might be painful.
After learning that ORCAA technology are no longer producing switch adapted cameras by the splendid AbleNet - I scouted around the web for others. I turned up a couple a good looking suspects from Australasia:
1. Pentax Camera with Remote Switch Interface. Very nice as this can be used with both accessibility standard plug-in switches and also with infra-red leaning AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) devices. From Tecsol - Australia.
2. Zabonne also have a switch adapted digital camera - of a less versatile design - but still opening up all sorts of possibilities for switch using photographers.
Ideally these units will be using batteries, but it's worth checking out with the companies concerned if you will need a special charger to use in your country due to different power standards around the globe.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Thursday, 11 September 2008 8:02 am. 0 Comments
In a little bit of synchronicity with the Retro Remakes "Game For Helen" category, COGAIN have just launched their own Eye Tracker game competition: "Power of Gaze".
COGAIN (COmmunication by GAze INteration) have a short list of previously submitted eye-tracker games and 'leisure applications' on-line. The main restriction is that you need to be a student or a group of students in order to submit a game. Student's of Life should be able to apply too, surely?
[update: 18.9.08] - COGAIN have opened up the competion as follows: "Any student (undergraduate or graduate) or non-commercial participant (not a student but not a professional either) may enter the competition". Excellent!
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Wednesday, 10 September 2008 9:12 pm. 1 Comments
Handigo The Game is a tie up between Handicap International and a number of organisations including game developers Ubisoft. I can't deny that some of the language linked to Handigo The Game makes me cringe - but the aim of spreading greater understanding of disability around the globe is important. I just wish someone would oil those bloomin' wheelchair wheels.
All fingers are crossed that Ubisoft will be offering full "Closed Captioned" subtitles - with description of important sounds, music and the direction of sounds. They could do a lot worse than to take a peek at Games[CC], Deaf Gamers, Game-Accessibility.com and GA.com again for guidance.
One Switch visitor Andrew Clarke recently shared some photos of toys he has adapted for his daughter. He has hooked up a switch socket to a Water Pistol, Bubble Machine, Rocket Launcher, Glitterator and Toy Food Mixer. He said that he's no expert, but found the adaptations to be pretty easy, and that his daughter has absolutely loved using them with her pink switch. Great work, Andrew. I hope others will follow your example.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Wednesday, 3 September 2008 5:13 pm. 0 Comments
Dream-Technology have been building their portfolio of accessible game controllers, toys and gadgets over the last year or so to an impressive degree. I've recently received a Dream-Gamer Mini Joystick to try out which I'm looking forward to testing. Here's more of their stuff:
Dream-Mouse – Small hand-held controller for PC access. Dream-Melody – Cap mounted switches for use with Soundbeam music technology. Dream-Toys – Switch adapted toys. Six to choose from plus three Christmas specials. The toys were selected by Ability Net for the “Play AT IT” project they are running with 18 nursery schools. Domino – Programmable, switch adapted infra-red controllers for controlling TVs and more.. Dream-Wand - Alternative gaming controller. Dream-Racer - Head or hand operated radio controlled cars.
Dream-Technology are also putting the finishing touches to an 8 channel wireless switch system and a 12 switch input box that connects to the PC through the USB socket.