[games_access] Accessible Controller Providers

Tara Tefertiller ttefertiller at igda-gasig.org
Wed Jan 12 16:55:35 EST 2011


Sandra,

Is there an English version of this site available? Or Spanish? Either one
would be a little more beneficial to me than German. :)

Tara

On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM, Sandra Uhling <sandra_uhling at web.de> wrote:


> Hi,

>

> the button keyboard from http://www.world-of-genesis.org/ should be not

> expensive.

> But they produce only few. You have to pay only the production cost.

>

> Best regards,

> Sandra

>

>

> ------------------------------

> *Von:* "Michelle Hinn" <hinn at uiuc.edu>

> *Gesendet:* 12.01.2011 21:43:00

> *An:* "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>

> *Betreff:* Re: [games_access] Accessible Controller Providers

>

>

> True, Barrie -- the Staples buttons were more of a joke but every time I

> see them I can help but think of switches! :)

> Yeah, the main issue is really quality and the fact that if you need to buy

> quite a few...well, that cost is a huge barrier for gaming and other things

> for so many people. Buy enough cheaper switches and you might as well have

> invested in the more expensive ones -- it might save you money in the long

> run. At least with the switches, the technology isn't dependent on the

> continuing changes in game consoles and controllers...so far.

> Michelle

>

> On Jan 12, 2011, at 2:03 PM, Barrie Ellis wrote:

>

> I would say that AbleNet switches are many many times better quality than

> the Staples buttons, with the large ones having about twice the surface

> area. I looked at adapting those red buttons, but they're very poorly made,

> and wouldn't suit .

>

> Gavin Philips posted a nice D.I.Y. guide to build a sub $10/£6 switch using

> CD's: http://www.gavinphilips.com/projects/cdswitch

>

> And these are a bit more: http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/switches.htm (illuminated

> switch) - http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/switches-suckpuff.htm (sip-puff

> switch).

>

> AbleNet have been knocking out that particular design of "Big-Red" type

> switches for about 20 years. Agree they are expensive, but they do tend to

> last a long time. I've got a couple that are at least 12 years old and still

> going strong. Sometimes you're paying for quality. It just hurts when a

> tailor built set-up can end up costing hundreds and even thousands of

> pounds.

>

> Cheers,

>

> Barrie

>

>

>

>

> *From:* Michelle Hinn <hinn at uiuc.edu>

> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 12, 2011 7:06 PM

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

> *Subject:* Re: [games_access] Accessible Controller Providers

> I agree -- the cost of switches are pretty outragious and for many

> people more than one switch needs to be bought in order to work with an

> accessible controller that allows the plug in of switches. I understand the

> supply/demand process and that the more individualized a controller has to

> be, the higher the costs (since those are custom made)...but when you add

> the cost of those to the additional costs of the switches?? Crazy. And not

> all controllers -- videogame or otherwise -- can accept the USB format but I

> still don't understand how the pricing structure is justified. Even the

> largest of the switches that some people need that look like the Staples

> office supply "easy button" cannot cost that much for the "shell" of the

> switch.

> I mean switches are used for ALL KINDS of things and the big companies like

> AbleNet that provide those really have the pricing set high and I'm not sure

> why. Perhaps there's a connection to insurance -- if switches can be taken

> off of insurance because it's used for something on their list as an "ok"

> deduction, the incentive for lowering the prices goes down like with any

> other medical supply. I don't really know the answer.

> I know...I'm no economist or manufacturer of these devices but I

> definitely would be interested in why it costs so much for these.

> Michelle

>

> On Jan 12, 2011, at 12:28 PM, Tim Holt wrote:

>

> Now if the prices on controllers were more realistic. Given that a $US

> 3.95 USB mouse has about the same functionality (more actually) as a

> USB-enabled 1 switch, it's mind boggling how much switches cost.

> Tim

>

> On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM, Tara Tefertiller <

> ttefertiller at igda-gasig.org> wrote:

>

>> Thank you Barrie!

>>

>>

>> On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 7:10 AM, Barrie Ellis <oneswitch at gmail.com>wrote:

>>

>>> Lots of useful shopping links via http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/1/AGS.htm -

>>> including LEPMIS, Broadened Horizons, Consoles and Gadgets etc. Places for

>>> mods here: http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/1/AGS/AGS-bespoke.htm - And

>>> depending on what you're after, eBay can even be quite good.

>>>

>>> Best wishes,

>>>

>>> Barrie

>>>

>>> *From:* Tara Tefertiller <ttefertiller at igda-gasig.org>

>>> *Sent:* Monday, January 10, 2011 6:27 PM

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

>>> *Subject:* [games_access] Accessible Controller Providers

>>> Hey everyone,

>>>

>>> I was recently asked where accessible controllers could be ordered from.

>>> I know they can be ordered from One Switch and Evil controllers will do some

>>> mods, but what are additional places they can be ordered? I wanted to get

>>> together a list a present that if it's possible.

>>>

>>>

>>> Thanks everyone!

>>>

>>> Tara

>>>

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