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Foam to help disabled patients to play videogames

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2017-05-02 16:20

About the solution

Because of his disability, it is hard for Giddeon to hold the controllers. When the boy went to Able Gamers, tried to play the Kinect, a camera-like device that sees human movement as the controller. But due to his disability, the camera was unable to see Giddeon’s arms.

Almost instaltly, Mark reached into the packing supplies and pulled out a long piece of thick foam and handed it to the boy. Giddeon stepped back up to the Kinect with foam in hand like a baseball bat. It worked, as the device was able to see his figure. Now Giddeon is able to play Kinect, using a cheap and simple solution.

“I was just so excited to see the smile on his face as he was playing Kinect for the first time”, Mark explained.

Adapted from: http://www.ablegamers.org/giddeon/
https://youtu.be/t6K98EwOYrc

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

Mark Barlet, from USA, founded AbleGamers, after his best friend, Stephanie Walker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, nearly taking away her ability to interact and connect through video games. AbleGames consists of a team that works to help patients with disabilities to be able to play videomages. By using a long piece of thick foam, Mark allowed Giddeon, who has a rare disease that caused stunted growth of his arms and only a few fingers formed, to play Kinect.

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