Duct Tape And A Bag Of Rice Helps Disabled Man Get In The Game

Steve Spohn suffers from muscular dystrophy, leaving him physically limited. But thanks to duct tape, a bag of rice and an Xbox 360 controller, he can still get his game on.

Evil Controllers, a company based in Arizona, specialises in modifying existing console peripherals to suit those with special needs. Like Spohn, for whom EC's boss Adam Coe (with help from Ben Heck) whipped up this prototype controller that's modular in design, meaning unlike a standard pad its various components (buttons, thumbsticks, etc) can be moved around to suit the tastes and abilities of the user.

While the controller in the video below is a rough prototype - hence the wires and unfinished body - it works, and Coe wants to make a finished, marketable product out of it.

Spohn, who can only move his fingers, shoulders and calf muscles, is delighted. "It's important for people like me to have access to the outside world," he said. "And for some of us, that's through games."

Charity creates Xbox 360 controller out duct tape, Velcro and a bag of rice [PC World]


    Thats really cool. I'd like to see the finished design.


    This is fantastic.

    Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo should all, all three of them, hire these people to design custom controllers, even if they're only by special order, for the disabled.

    I remember back in the day, nes, megadrive, ps1 days etc, you actually could get 1 handed controllers, but now, no such luck.

    It's good to see that people with disabilities can still get the opportunity to play games.

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