Ms. Ella Hunt, one of our long time friends and recipients recently had a horrible experience with spinal fusion surgery. Thankfully, the blood loss and hypoxia didn’t impact her mind, but it did rob her of the two switches she used to control her world.
We reached out to the wonderful Makers, Engineers and Occupational Therapists in our group and were able to come up with new solutions for her based on infrared sensors, strain gauges and lots of custom software.
Check it out! If you want to learn more about this project, here are some links that might help:
“How can I help Ella?”- We hear this a lot right now. If you’re technical, join ATMakers on Facebook or on our homepage and tell us your skills – we will put them to use for Ella and others like her. If not, the Hunts have new medical costs that are not covered by insurance (for ridiculous reasons) due to the new catheterization needs. Ella’s aunt has setup a GoFundMe page to help them with these costs (that ATMakers can confirm will all go to the Hunts) and we would encourage you to consider that instead of making a financial donation to ATMakers at this time. Here is the link: https://gofund.me/65475604
A while back, ATMakers worked with Chris Young of Speedway, IN to assemble the Ultimate Remote he had designed and help him integrate it into his home environment. He then gave us a wonderful tour of how he’s modified his home to adapt it to his needs.
If you are following along on the ATMakers Facebook Group (and you should be!), you’ll know that we’ve been trying to make our approach to AT projects more consistent and reproducible. That that end, we’ve pulled together Project I.M.P.Act with its focus on Digitizing the Intent to help AT users accomplish more.
Here are some resources to catch you up on Project I.M.P.Act: we will update this post as more become available.
Project I.M.P.Act Overview Video
Digitizing the Intent (@ AAC In the Cloud)
Recent Facebook Live discussion w/ Project I.M.P.Act update
We’re so happy to partner with The AbleGamers Charity and GRA-V Robotics in Orlando to create and produce these powerful devices to control an XBox Adaptive Controller with the joystick from their power chair!
The Adaptive Gaming Kit from Logitech G is an amazing value for those who use Assistive Technology. However, the one thing on our wish list is 1/4″-20 mounts on the bottom so we can use normal camera mounts.
So, in keeping with our other mounts, we’ve released a full set of 3D printable mounts to connect these great switches to inexpensive mounting options.
ATMakers Gaming for All Project #SoEveryoneCanGame
With the addition last year of the XBox Adaptive Controller, followed by the recent release of the Adaptive Gaming Kit from Logitech G, it is increasingly possible to sharing Gaming with Everyone. In fact, for many switch users over five or six, an accessible XBox setup may be one of the best gifts possible this year.
Infrared devices are everywhere – and now it’s easy to control them thanks to our member, Chris Young, and his IRIO board. It’s a simple device that allows any microcontroller to send and receive IR signals which makes it easy to control your environment.
This great little project was inspired by Michelle Brosse in the Facebook Group: she was heading to college and couldn’t get the professor’s attention. She wasn’t looking for a panic button or the like, just a way to raise her hand. This device does exactly that!