Custom made midi interface for an 8 year old

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Forum user KDM shared this interesting device with us. It is a recorder that has been custum built for a young girl. She was born with only two digits per hand, so a typical recorder was out of the question. With this custom device she is now able to play along with her peers. The recorder is often used in school systems, especially outside the US, to teach the basics of music, so I imagine this was built so she could participate with her peers.

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Extremely easy Xbox 360 button transplant

Jay plays with the controller in his lap. This means that pressing down on the thumbstick to click the internal button can be quite difficult. I actually have problems with that button myself!  While there might be many solutions that would work, I really wanted to do a quick tutorial on the absolute simplest possible way.

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Interview about thecontrollerproject on BBC radio


I gotinterviewed on BBC radio for! People all over the place are interested in how they can help.


OUTRIDERS 09 JUL 13: Creativity

Tue, 9 Jul 13

26 mins

This week Jamillah talks to the creator of electronics for people with disabilities so they can use games consoles, a guy who tells stories in 3d online, a couple of chaps who created music using camera sounds and the creator of Dr Puppet – a web based animation linked to the 50th anniversary of Dr Who.


You can stream it or download it here.

Building a blink based input device

Some people are limited to only blinking for communication. This makes any kind of conversation a laborious process. Often systems that can translate blinking into computer interaction are extremely expensive. Bob has managed to make one that is relatively cheap though. Called BlinkTalk, this system uses off the shelf parts to allow people to create words simply by blinking.

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Chris shares his IR remote control mouse interface

Chris wrote in to show off this interface he’s built for fine mouse control. he normally uses Dragon Naturally Speaking to control his mouse, but found it to have some issues. Sometimes it would crash, or simply be incapable of doing what he needed.

He ended up using an Arduino micro to make an IR receiver. Now he can use a simple remote control for fine movement in his mouse. As you can see in the video, it makes things like video editing much easier.

You can see all the details as well as download the code for this project on Chris’s web page.

The Adroit accessible gaming controller


I saw this controller for a second in the video for the able gamers foundation and was never able to find it.  I heard it was at Evilcontrollers, but it I didn’t see it in their list. Today, I noticed it. I’m not sure if it only recently appeared or if I had just missed it repeatedly.

The Adroit controller system looks like a pretty good commercial solution. It offers not only a switch interface for Xbox gaming but customization as well. You can map buttons however you want as well as set options like “holding” or “turbo”.

Ricky’s hacked DVD player


Ronnie might easily be one of the best little brothers there could be. His bigger brother Ricky, who has a cognitive disability,  can be extremely hard on his electronics. He absolutely loves watching dvds, however the dvds and the player usually live very short lives. Ronnie came to the rescue by building this super rugged 5 disk DVD player for Ricky. He extended the dvd player buttons using rugged arcade buttons and housed it all in a nice simple cabinet. Ricky was quite pleased.

Read part 1 and part 2 of his build to see how it was done.