PlayStation 3 controlled with head movement

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Our excitement just keeps building about how hackers can ply their skills to develop new adaptive technologies. Here’s another great example of custom control technology that helped [Steven] get back into gaming. The effects of muscular dystrophy have left him unable to use the stock PS3 controller. But after being paired up with¬†[John Schimmel] he’s able to game again thanks to a head motion control system.

[John] looked at the way [Steven] interacts with the assistive technology at hand. He can drive his wheelchair with one finger, and interacts with his computer by moving his head. The computer detects a marker on the brim of his hat.¬†[John] grabs input from the computer using Java and sends it to an Arduino board connected via USB. The Arduino has a USB Bit Whacker board letting it also connect to the PS3 as a controller. In the image above you can see the computer screen has a GUI for each of the controller’s buttons. [John] moves his head to select a control and clicks a button with his finger to actuate it.

If you like this check out some of the other assistive gaming hacks we’ve seen lately.

[via The Controller Project]

Comments

  1. NaN says:

    Thanks! Didn’t know of >The Controller Project< yet.

  2. jerz1101 says:

    Very cool!

  3. antonio rodriguez says:

    EXELENTE

  4. Hi, I’m John from this project. Just want to add a few more thoughts. Steven already had a head mouse system set up. This is an off the shelf system (from an asst tech provider/catalog/store) The Processing sketch uses mouse and keyboard events native to the OS to interact with the interface buttons. Let me know if you have any more questions or ideas. Thanks!

  5. Mindy says:

    Is this technology for sale yet?

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