[games_access] Re: Xbox controler and possible research information

Barrie Ellis barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk
Fri Jun 2 06:34:47 EDT 2006

Hello Tom,

I'm not sure if this is the total solution for you, but the following may 
help, if you are happy to put up with digital controls:

Buy your friend a few drinks.

Buy an Ultimarc I-Pac PCB: http://www.ultimarc.com/ipac1.html
Buy an Ultimarc Xbox adapter: http://www.ultimarc.com/xba.html (make sure 
you get the PS/2 connecting cable to link the two together).

>From here it will be pretty easy to wire switches in (see attached image).
Wire up all your necessary independent switches.
Duplicate individual switches needed for essential combinations, then 
arrange them into a cluster that you can press simultaneously. You might 
wish to consider a HAPP Mega Button Assembly - that looks ideal: 

The beauty of the Ultimarc I-Pac PCB is that you can also connect a standard 
keyboard, enabling play with separate switches and a keyboard.

Is this useful at all? I realise it won't be super cheap. Maybe you'd 
consider using second hand Fruit Machine (slot machine) buttons.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Thomas Christopher Roome" <thomas.roome at student.utdallas.edu>
To: <barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk>
Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 10:13 PM
Subject: Xbox controler and possible research information

> Dear Mr. Ellis:
> I am Tom Roome in Dallas Texas going to graduate school.  I am trying
> to research what still needs to be address in Game Accessibility.  I
> have Cerebral Palsy and I work my computer with my left foot.  I have
> an Xbox that I cannot work very will at all just because the way the
> control is design.  I have a friend that try to rebuilt a controller
> with bigger buttons and switches that could act like lock buttons.
> Many games makes the user to an combination actions in order to do
> something in the games.  This is a big problem for me because my foot
> only can move so fast.  That is reason for the switches to lock on
> button down, so I hit the other button.  However, it did not work and
> the controller would make the game not respond right.  I saw on the
> form that a keyboard and mouse can be connected to the Xbox, but there
> is no way to use sticky keys that comes with any windows base computer
> even though the Xbox system is running windows 2000 operating system!
> Is anything that I can use to play my Xbox?  I believe that I have read
> most of your articles and I remember reading that one switch system can
> have problems working with the newer games?
> Thank you for your time.
> -----------
> Thank You,
> Tom Roome
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