Shout Box: Extra Switch Input

Assistive technology set-up for sound / breath control over video games and beyond.

A small box of electronics with radiating lines, three coloured LEDs, a microphone cover and two plugs going into the box.

Image of a black and blue arcade stick adapted for switch use, pictured with a red able net switch and a Shout Box.

The Shout Box pictured above was a tie up between OneSwitch and the very talented Jason Hotchkiss of 1D Pong fame. It allows a person to make any sound (down to a gentle puff of breath) to act as switch input. This can be converted to latched, pulsed or momentary (held until released) output at the flick of a switch.

The dial lets you adjust the sensitivity from the lightest breath to a shout (hence the name). It's pretty brilliant in use, running off 3x AA batteries, and a very easy way to give someone an extra input to control a switch adapted gadget or game.

OneSwitch is undergoing a make-over right now in the back-ground, but expect to see the ShoutBox and more appear a little later this year when the site is rolling again.

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iOS 10: Hold at Point (aka Momentary) switch mode

Great news for switch users with Apple's iOS10 yearly big operating system update comes in the form of the new "Hold at Point" mode. This enables switch users to (finally) press a switch for different lengths of time quickly at a fixed point. The video above from the ACE Centre explains more along with this iOS10 guide from AbleNet.

This makes a lot of previously unplayable "tap to play" games playable. These include Uppercup Football, Fotonica, Badland (as in the video), Ski Safari: Adventure Time, Alto's Adventure (try Zen mode), 100 Balls type games and so on. It also opens up some fantastic cause and effect and creative apps such as Beamz and Garage Band. Thank you Apple. And where are you Google?

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Super Mario Run (Nintendo on iOS/Android)

Mario is due to be coming out on iOS in one-momentary-tap style soon as I understand. Android too. Might work great for switch users. This is the blurb from iTunes:

"A new Mario game you can play with one hand!

At long last, Mario jumps into a new adventure on iPhone and iPad, this time playable using only one hand.

In this game, you constantly move forward through the courses while using a variety of jumps to navigate. Your character will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it's up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal.

Super Mario Run offers three different game modes:
- The first mode features challenging courses for you to complete.
- In the second mode, you challenge the play data of other people's completed courses. You compete to see who can finish the course with the most style!
- In the third mode, you can create your own Mushroom Kingdom using coins collected by playing the first two game modes."

Picture of Super Mario Run, with Mario jumping to collect some gold coins around grass platforms.

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One-switch Monkey Art: Bungee Vine

One switch art with CBeebies on-line Bungee Vine.

CBeebies Bungee Vine is a fantastic little art-utility that is one-switch compatible once started using a switch set to the SPACE BAR.

If more independence is needed on a PC, my one-switch pulse system gives full mouse control, and a way to jump to acting as the space bar if needed (and much more). Just get in touch.

Added to the OneSwitch Art section.

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Left Hand Fighter - back in stock...

Left handed joypad controller for Playstation and other machines with an appropriate adapter or two.

New batch of brand new Left Hand Fighter controllers back in stock in the OneSwitch Accessible Gaming Shop. For Playstation 2, but easy to get working on other consoles via adapters.


One Button To Rule All Jam

Black background with a symbol of hand with finger pressing a button.

A new batch of one-switch (or one button if you prefer) games are slowly surfacing right now as part of the One Button jam, hosted at indie gaming repository Hopefully this will turn up a few gems. Keeping an eye.

For more one-switch gaming right now, take a look at (one-button games) and For making Playstation 4, Xbox One, RetroPie and more one-switch accessible, keep an eye on my Gaming Redux area and feel free to get in touch.

Game Jam Pot

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7-128 Software: Accessible Gaming Awards

Huge thanks to who have awarded the top slot for Web Sites for Gamers who are Motion Impaired - 2016. :)

This is a list that focuses particularly on Windows based software which is something I'm throwing myself into to open up all kinds of games (Playstation, Xbox and most excitingly at the minute the Raspberry Pi). have a fantastic array of web-sites that they have ranked. I highly recommend you check them all out if you're passionate about making the world of gaming a fairer and more accessible place.

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(Nearly) Off the Shelf Game Accessibility Solutions

Great to see my friend Brannon Zahand setting up the Video Game Accessibility YouTube channel.

His first video above shows how to create a versatile affordable solution for people needing twin joysticks with easier to reach / larger controls and buttons. It uses a Mayflash Arcade Fightstick F300 (available from eBay and the same system I'm using with my C-SID2) and a Titan One type adapter for the reconfiguration stuff.

The reconfiguration "scripts" in the video may look a little bit scary if you've never programmed anything before, but it's not a lot more difficult than copying and pasting at a basic level. If you go to the ConsoleTuner web-site you can find a range of useful accessibility scripts (search on "accessibility" of "specialeffect").

I recommend going for the Titan One over a Cronus device as the originator Jefferson Koppe is a long time supporter of the accessible gaming movement. He's personally helped me and others with a number of solutions in enabling otherwise disabled gamers. He was the originator of this type of device and I'm a big believer in supporting the supporters.

Looking forward to seeing what Brannon comes up with next.

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The Future Sound of One Switch

Why visit

The largest source of one-switch games and switch information on the web.

The OneSwitch Blog has some of the latest news on switch access and “gaming redux”.

Adaptation service with help and advice in adapting toys, gadgets and games for switch use.

The OneSwitch Shop has a growing range of accessible gaming equipment, toys and gadgets including….

Nerf Water Pistol £40
Switch adapted water pistol with a large reservoir and flashing lights. Ideal for soaking friends, family and maybe the neighbour’s cat. Can also be used with coloured inks for art creation.

Electronic Dice £25
Bright lights and sounds on the press of a switch. Great for games, making random choices and more. Comes with a lucky-dip adventure game book.

Coming Soon….

One Switch Pulse: A system designed to make many PC, Playstation, Xbox and Raspberry Pi games playable with one switch.

One Switch 100 Book, the history of one switch accessible gaming including many untold stories and fantastic games.

New web-site with a database of switch accessible games, C-SID 2 and Impact switch interfaces, the Jason Hotchkiss Shout Box and more!

Adaptation service: I may be able to adapt your toy, controller or game to work with plug-in switches. Simple adaptations from £10.
Please get in touch for more information on switch products, ideas, switch gaming and suitable games, D.I.Y. help and much more. Click on the picture below to print off a OneSwitch flyer. Photo of a telescope at the seaside by Terry Bennett.

A range of switch adapted toys and video gaming equipment along with text copied in the main part of this post.

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