Design for One: A Game Controller for a Quadriplegic Gamer

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Lin, Henry; Aflatoony, Leila, & Wakkary, Ron. Design for One: A Game Controller for a Quadriplegic Gamer. CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14), 1243-1248.

Date created: 
2014
Keywords: 
Occupational therapy (OT)
Assistive technology (AT)
Do-it-yourself (DIY)
Electronic prototyping
3D printing
Game controller
Abstract: 

This paper explores utilizing digital fabrication and electronic prototyping techniques to build a game controller and a mouse for a quadriplegic patient. We present two products (keyboard and mouse) and DIY electronic prototyping techniques, which were developed in a collaborative effort between the designers and a quadriplegic teenager. We suggest that DIY and personal digital fabrication techniques can be adopted by occupational therapists and assistive technologists in particular cases, or where the traditional techniques fail to support or meet patients’ requirements.

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English
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Article
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