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Physically-Challenged Gamer Hacks Together Custom PS3 Controller 50

Destructoid has a neat post about a gamer whose condition prevents him from using a standard video game controller. With the help of a company called GimpGear, which markets devices for people with limited mobility, he designed and built a custom input device that makes use of fingers, toes, and even sips or puffs of air to control his favorite games. Pictures and a video of the setup are both available in the post.
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Physically-Challenged Gamer Hacks Together Custom PS3 Controller

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  • "GimpGear" FTW (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Valacosa ( 863657 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @06:03AM (#25731477)
    The best way to fight a derogatory term is to take it back. A group trying to run away from a word with negative connotations is simply running on a treadmill, each new euphemism becoming an insult in a few years. (e.g. Retarded -> Mentally Disabled -> Differently Abled etc.)
  • Re:"GimpGear" FTW (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Heian-794 ( 834234 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @09:17AM (#25732325) Homepage

    That's absolutely the right way to go about it.

    I myself was born partially blind and am often asked by "normal" people if it's difficult to get through life. I have the irresistible urge to quote Hall-of-Fame Chicago Cubs pitcher Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown, who, when asked the same question regarding the disfiguring hand injury he sustained in a mining accident as a child, would reapond, "I wouldn't know. I've never tried it the other way."

  • Re:Yawn... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Amouth ( 879122 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @09:29AM (#25732451)

    "Gotta love how being disabled automatically makes everything you do amazing and inspiring."

    That is because it is amazing and inspiring - if you have ever worked one on one with disabled children - and seen them struggle on the simplest of concepts - when they findly get it it is inspiring - but when they go past that and do something you had never even considered them able to do - that is amazing and truley inspiring.

    your comment as a lack of compassion - till you have any understanding what these peoples lives are like do not by any means put them down for anything they do or can't do - instead just keep quite and move along

"This is lemma 1.1. We start a new chapter so the numbers all go back to one." -- Prof. Seager, C&O 351