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

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Mon Jun 9 04:41:34 EDT 2008


Those of us at Games for Health got to see it but it was even more
beta than this. But, yeah, the bottom line is the developers -- until
they allow full reconfiguration of controls, these controllers only
go so far!

I'm all for a controller discussion on the list! :)

Michelle


>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?

>

>Barrie

><http://www.OneSwitch.org.uk>www.OneSwitch.org.uk

>

>

>----- Original Message -----

>From: <mailto:arthit73 at cablespeed.com>Robert Florio

>To: <mailto:games_access at igda.org>'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'

>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.

>

>Robert

>arthit73 at cablespeed.com

>www.RobertFlorio.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

>

>Forwarding....

>

>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/>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:

>

>Compatible with PS2, PS3 and PC - We are working on an separate XBOX

>version, but cannot say if/when it will be available.

>Wireless

>Price is $129.95

>Modular - you can rearrange each control module to any of the 6 slot

>positions for various gaming styles

>Pre-order now for delivery in approximately 8-10 weeks

>Limited initial quantity available so please reserve yours before

>the first run sells out

>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

><http://www.WriteSendTrack.com/l/mtl/16659/D9D5DC/s/467434/0FD77F/>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

>President/CEO

>eDimensional, Inc.

><http://www.WriteSendTrack.com/l/mtl/16660/0C7CF4/s/467434/0FD77F/>http://www.eDimensional.com/

>

>

>eDimensional.com

>411 7th St

>West Palm Beach, FL 33401 US

>

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