You can find Tink within the new OneSwitch.org.uk Switch Accessible Music area alongside other instruments, applications and musical games.
This said, I do think there's a lot of satisfaction to be had when/if it finally does click. Belated congratulations Shane. Uploaded to the OneSwitch gaming library here.
In the pipeline is a one-switch fighting game, The Way of the Empty Hand II. Really looking forward to this one as there are next to no one-switch fighting games out there.
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'SQUEEK,' replied Friday, chewing on the toy mouse. 'It depends. Generally, in my experience -'
'Hold on,' whispered Polly. 'Somethin's happenin'.'
It was true. Up until that moment the butcher's shop had been completely dark. But now a candle had been lit, its flickering flame just visible through the thick fog.
'SQUEEK,' said Friday. 'Let's go and take a closer look.' Friday crept out from behind the dustbin and went slithering across the street on his stomach, keeping his eyes shut so he'd be invisible.
The interface is mouse based, so head-tracker users are straight in. Switch users would need to use the likes of EZ Keys, AAC Keys and Clicker 5 to get in. An easier solution for switch users is in the pipeline however.
Finally, not massively accessible, but good fun is Hobnox's Audiotool.A pretty amazing online music creation tool using classic emulated drum machines, effects pedals and more.
This is huge fun as a cause and effect activity or as something more creative, once you've scavanged some good WAV files from your hard-drive or from the web. A brilliant starting point is at this Free Technology for Teachers blog post.
Other sound sources can be found high and low including text to speech readers and your PC's sound recorder utility. A really useful stopping point is Media Converter where you can convert MP3s and other formats into WAV format.
Edit: A small update has just been made by William to add extra functionality. Now you can choose to have sounds multi-layered or have just one played neatly at a time. The web-page reflects this and adds a few extra ideas.
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He was a world class guitar player who had just signed with SONY and was about to step out onto the world stage, starting with a tour of Europe, when ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease took away his ability to play. He never got the chance to record at SONY's studio. ALS is a disease which affects the motor neurons and little by little, takes away the ability to use all voluntary muscles, including those used for speaking, eating, and breathing.
In 2008, he became dependent on a ventilator and feeding tube to stay alive, and was entirely wheelchair bound. Thanks to his eye-tracking computer (ERICA), he was able to communicate, use the internet, and continue to make music. His battle with ALS ended in the early hours of 02/APRIL/09, but his legacy will live on forever. We love you Freddie. You're rockin' with the angels now.
Taken from Freddie Everett's MySpace Music page. Discovered via RNT Blog.
This clip shows an adapted Rock Band Drum kit played using five accessibility switches on an adapted rig. This one is a fair bit trickier to adapt than the previous Guitar mod, as you can quickly see from its D.I.Y. guide page. Once done, however, and you've opened up drumming to those unable to hold the sticks, for team play (up to five players at once) and any combination of controls used by any part of your body.
Like the Guitar, you can also use the Rock Band guitars with a PC to play sound samples, which can offer a great way in to be more creative for some disabled musicians.
The above video clip shows an adapted Rock Band Guitar played one-handed using the kick-pedal from the drums to strum. It's an easy modification that could just as well be applied to all the fret buttons if needed. Great for one-handed play and good too for one-switch musicians (with fast reactions) who can strum, whilst another person takes over fret work duties.
The D.I.Y. Accessible Rock Band Guitar modification can be found at the OneSwitch D.I.Y. section. You'll also find there a little guidance for hooking the guitar up to play licks and riffs on a PC courtesy of Mr. Fast Finger.
Komodo Openlab have also worked on making the PC Super Monkey Ball clone Neverball playable with a single switch (think I've detailed this in the past).
Via: Tera Kirk's blog where she interviews Jorge Silva of Komodo. Well worth a read, as is the proceeding comment.
Game found on: JayIsGames.com
Read more at my previous dolphin-suit post.
Via Samuel Sennot's Facebook page. See TLWMSN's AAC posts for much more.
Update: Eddie now has this working on his Playstation 3 thanks to a simple joypad adapter.
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