Blind Gaming and AT of the Past
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1w ago
I've made an update to the Blind Accessible Gaming page, with 1975 Mike Townsend memories of using an Optacon to play text games from using a Teletype terminal. I've also added a small gallery of fascinating (to me anyway) photos. From the 1912 Optaphone, to the Optacon, to the BBC Micro and beyond. Linked from this is a resource of "Computer Talk" audio-cassette magazines from 1989-1992. Buried in there can be found BBC Micro Golden Brown renditions, The Triangle speech synthesiser trying to sing the 12 days of Christmas, battling power-cuts at tech demos, using speech readers with Teletex ..read more
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A curious story on new MSI OLED monitors wi...
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1w ago
A curious story on new MSI OLED monitors with AI Vision. "As a starting point, MSI has created an AI module that can spot and point out enemies in League of Legends. Yes, that’s the monitor adding the red icon above the enemy player. This is only one example of how AI can be used to assist gamers." I metioned hopes for this sort of thing in a recent talk on the future of game accessibility. I didn't realise how close things are getting ..read more
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The Magic Xylofoon
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1w ago
"Playing the 2 wals from Andre Rieu with only one button ivm with the Program EyePlayChords and the Magic Xylofoon" via Robert D'Archangelo's YouTube channel ..read more
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Floating on a Moment (Beth Gibbons)
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The ESAM Project (1987 C64)
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3w ago
The ESAM Project created a suite of switch accessible training and communication tools for the Apple II and Commodore 64. Adrian's Digital Basement YouTube channel has an excellent small test of these, wondering if they were advanced for the time. Well, they're certainly of thier era, using the old hard to understand (but very cool) Votrax speech synthesiser chip. The grid scan and select system sits on the shoulders of POSM from 1960 and much experimental work in the 1970s such as MAVIS. It also demonstrates a shift away from the use of Blissymbols to more pictorial methods. This ..read more
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Atari Joystick to XAC / HORI Flex / PC
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3w ago
This was a custom request: convert an Atari Joystick to work as the left-stick or right-stick on an Xbox Adaptive Controller. As such this will work on the XAC and direct on a PC too. The fire button is set to "A". I could set this up with a patch lead to go into any port in the future. Added to the OneSwitch XAC accessories page ..read more
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Sony PS5 blocks Cronus Zen (for now)
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3w ago
More bad news on game console inaccessibility. Following Microsoft, this time it's Sony rolling out an update causing big problems for some Disabled gamers: From the Cronus Zen forums 24th Jan 2024: "Fellow Community Members, we're aware of an issue with Zen and the PS5. As of Jan 24, the console is prompting everyone to update to Version: 24.01-08.60.00, and if you do, Zen will no longer connect to the PS5 without disconnecting. However, this update is NOT mandatory! Simply skip it and everything should still work with the Zen 2.2.2 update as expected. Temporary solution: do not update ..read more
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XQ Gaming Remap boards
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1M ago
XQgaming is a superb site, not just for springs, but for remapping flexi-boards. These can make fitting accessibility switches or extra buttons much easier with many modern game pads. Just be very careful to match the right type with your precise PCB. See more at the OneSwitch D.I.Y. pages ..read more
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A copy of a (NiN A.I. remix)
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Sailing By: Shipping Forcast
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