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Post by Eorl @ 03:10pm 05/02/14 | 2 Comments
We take a lot of things for granted in life, namely the ability to play video games without the aid of any machines to keep us alive and well. Luckily, creators like Fred Davison are looking to branch the complex gaming controllers needed into a more quadriplegic-friendly environment. That's where the QuadStick comes in.

Taking to crowd-funding website Kickstarter, Davison's new invention aims to help those unable to operate all 10 of their fingers with the ability to emulate all the functions of a gamepad, mouse and keyboard on PC, PlayStation 3 and Android devices. It may look rather complicated, but the device involves a joystick, four sip & puff sensors, a lip position sensor and a push switch, with all data collected converted into input via USB or Bluetooth connection.
"Video games today are as much about the social aspects as they are about presenting an intellectual puzzle or entertainment, and developing a tool that would allow disabled gamers to play those games at a high level would allow them to more fully participate in that world," Davison stated on the QuadStick Kickstarter page. "There were several solutions that let quadriplegics use a computer fairly well; but for modern game consoles, where speed and timing are critical, few products seemed to really solve the problem, especially for gamers with very limited mobility."
Interaction with the device is done mostly through moving the mouth, puffing, sipping or issuing verbal commands thanks to a voice recognition system. Players can change profiles on-the-fly, switching between a number of various control configurations. Currently Davison says there are five prototypes working on a number of various titles and franchises including Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty and Gran Turismo.

The campaign is seeking a total of $10,000, with backers able to contribute in tiers ranging from $5 to $5,000 with various rewards available. Check out the pitch video below to see the amazing device in action, and head over to the Kickstarter page for a full demo from a fellow quadriplegic.

Latest Comments
Posted 01:20am 06/2/14
I was expecting some kind of fancy controller with four joysticks. Its poorly named, maybe they should have called it something like the Cripplestick
Posted 03:17am 06/2/14
imagine being owned in battlefield only to find out the guy kicking your ass has no arms or legs.
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