An accessible gaming system for people with limited hand control, movement and function, developed by Flinders University’s Medical Device Research Institute, in collaboration with the University of South Australia and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital has been featured on Channel 10 children’s program SCOPE. The computer gaming system, targeted for children with Cerebral Palsy, allows children with limited hand control and/or coordination to play computer games.
Computer games can produce hours of endless fun, but for children with physical disabilities the simple joystick could significantly improve their everyday lives.
The previously unexplored benefits of using ‘haptic’ gaming to restore tactile sensory loss – specifically in the hands of children with cerebral palsy – is the focus of a world-first study led by Flinders University.
David Hobbs and Max Hughes feature in the episode with the computer gaming system and controller. To watch the segment from the SCOPE episode, click here.
SCOPE is a national children’s science show produced by Network Ten with the co-operation of the CSIRO. Each week they explore the science and technology behind a different topic in a fun, fast-paced way.