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Over the years, father Andreas Karlsson spent hundreds – if not thousands – to buy adaptive gaming equipment for his son Oskar.
Adaptive controllers that are currently on the market are expensive and not necessarily made to meet all disability needs. Andreas, whose son has spinal muscular atrophy type II, began modifying controllers himself and even built one on his own. Now he and his son have agreed to work with Nintendo Switch and Android devices to develop a new accessible controller.
The result of their collaboration is the Lite SE. This controller is designed for physically disabled players with limited strength and mobility. Joysticks and buttons have increased sensitivity, every button is located on the front of the device, and a non-slip rubber mat is on the bottom so players can put it on a flat surface like a tray. AND IT ONLY COSTS $35!!
Oskar uses it to play Super Smash Bros, Ultimate, Pokemon, Roblox, and Minecraft, but his father Andreas notes what works for his son might not work for all players with physical disabilities. He hopes this work will encourage more companies to recognize the market out there for adaptive controllers and gaming equipment.
You can read the whole story about the quest to create an accessible controller at Wired/Fast Forward.
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