Xbox Assistive Tech

How do people with disabilities play video games?

I spoke to Microsoft XBox and they have, very kindly, sent us a couple of adaptive XBox controllers and inputs… so our mission is to use our Tech Terrors STEAM skills to figure out how people with various disabilities can join us playing video games!  We’ll have to see if it runs on my old Xbox 360S 1439 model!

We’ll have to see if it’ll run on my old Xbox 360

SpecialEffect is a wonderful UK charity at the forefront of this amazing kind of adaptive technology…and if you’re a gamer you should consider signing up for their GameBlast19 charitable event!

Minecraft with your eyes…what other games could you play like this?

They have even created an add-on for Minecraft that allows you play it with your eyes! Check it out:

Here’s the official info from Xbox: https://www.xbox.com/en-CA/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/xbox-adaptive-controller

Terror Times Two!

Our second Tech Terrors lunch meeting of 2019 was a magnificent mad adventure…

We had some dedicated Breakers performing a Tech Autopsy on our tri-color laser printer and managed to “decorate” the hallway a bit in the process! πŸ˜‰

We had the PRUSA 3D printer with us and Mike “Hot Plate’ V. ran our 3D printing terrors through prepping their first print…the Flexi Rexi..which we’ll actually start printing next week…

…if they dare compete with Glenn’s Dad and his amazing laser spiders, that is!

Huge thanks to the Terrors and parents that have provided us even more amazing Tech Autopsy victims…including an “Old adding machine” that really messed with the Terror’s heads! πŸ˜‰ .

Beautiful old Sharp CS-363R
ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR
complete with gorgeous NIXIE TUBE DISPLAY!
Nixie Tube in action

And please do let me know if you have any old electronics, toys or computers kicking around that you think might be of interest to the Terrors!

Some of our terrors got the EZ Robot humanoid up and running watching them work with its camera and even used the advanced motor controller to position the arms and legs exactly as we commanded…we also found out how well it survives long falls…very well, it turns out!?

Yet more terrors were all about the drones…and ended up working on tuning an old Millennium Falcon drone to make the library corridor run…in under 12 parsecs…and they failed gloriously! πŸ˜‰

Another intrepid band of VFXers showed us how to use Panzoid for some cool YouTube style titles.

Thanks again to Mike and Ron…and all the Terrors…Can’t wait for next week!

The Tech Terrors

Here be robots! 

This is the official site for Tech Terrors…a makerspace/breakerspace, drone building, assistive tech teaching, 3d printing, robot ruling, YouTubing chaotic adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematics, STEAM inspiration.

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
― Socrates

David Hewlett and his EZ Robotlett, Marvin…fuelling up for another Tech Terrors club meeting!