[games_access] Fw: Single-Handed Access Game Controller is Here

Barrie Ellis barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk
Sun Jun 8 16:53:30 EDT 2008

I think eDimensional will be likely to create another accessible controller if this one is a success. I really hope it is - even though it will hit sales of my HORI Super Robot Wars Controller.

A number of people have said that it looks a bit awkward - but I think it's not going to be as big as it looks - not when you consider this prototype photo. As with all alternative controllers - it would still be lovely if game developers bothered to allow gamers to redefine their controls.

What have you in mind to improve things with a hands free controller? Be a good topic to discuss on this list perhaps?


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From: Robert Florio
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Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2008 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: [games_access] Fw: Single-Handed Access Game Controller is Here

Remarkable. Does that company have any ambition for creating a controller for People who can't use their hands? Is there any way I could help them design one? Looks like they are the people to go to.

Has this been game tested? Looking at it it looks a little cumbersome like thinking something more like a holding your hand almost like a aircraft cockpit controller would be more easier for the hand. I hope it gets good reviews.


arthit73 at cablespeed.com



From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of Barrie Ellis
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 2:19 AM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: [games_access] Fw: Single-Handed Access Game Controller is Here


If there are problems with display, please click the following link or paste into a browser:
http://www.WriteSendTrack.com/news/m/4140/BFB9B4/s/467434/0FD77F/ It's finally here!

It is with great pleasure that I am writing you to announce the official launch of the single-handed Access Controller for the Playstation platform. Born from the great mind of renowned modder and product engineer Ben Heckendorn (AKA BenHeck), this project has been in the making for nearly a year. During that time, I've had the honor of reading each one of the hundreds upon hundreds of emails we've received from enthusiastic gamers such as yourself. Your stories have inspired us and brought to light the importance of what became a mission for eDimensional; give gamers with physical limitations the opportunity to fully enjoy and experience gaming. You've demonstrated how gaming is not just entertainment, but an important part of life that includes interacting with friends and family along with a sense of true self-achievement.

It's been a long process from concept to production and for that, we appreciate your patience. As is typically the case with new products, no matter how much time and effort we spend, it can't get done as quickly as we would like.

I was recently using our prototype on my PS3 and I have to say, it is an amazing product. More importantly, one of the proudest and most rewarding experiences I have had at eDimensional was hearing from Ben (who recently showed the device at the Gamers with Disabilities Conference) about an injured soldier who was instantly able to use his artificial hand to move the modules around and get his game on.

Enough introduction, I know you want details. Some key features:

a.. Compatible with PS2, PS3 and PC - We are working on an separate XBOX version, but cannot say if/when it will be available.
b.. Wireless
c.. Price is $129.95
d.. Modular - you can rearrange each control module to any of the 6 slot positions for various gaming styles
e.. Pre-order now for delivery in approximately 8-10 weeks
f.. Limited initial quantity available so please reserve yours before the first run sells out
g.. Worldwide shipping from the USA. We will also stock units in our UK distribution center for customers located in the EU as we do with all of our products.
Full details and photos are on our website here.

A portion of all proceeds and reserved units will benefit Children's Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

The controller has already been featured in publications like Popular Science, Wired and many others. However we need you to help spread the word. If you know anyone else who can benefit from this product, please send them to our website or forward this email.

We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to serving you.

Best Wishes,

Michael Epstein


eDimensional, Inc.


411 7th St
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 US


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