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.

found via

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.