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Accessibility - How do I mod a pinball for Amputees and others.


By TechnicalSteam

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by TreyBo69
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    #1 1 year ago

    Good friend of mine loved playing video games and pinball machines. Unfortunately he had a stroke and lost the ability to move his right arm. This was the start of a downward spiral for him as most of what he loved to do he is simply unable to do at most locations. Think if he could play in some normal semblance without being 1 arm pinball ninja it would help him.

    How can we modify a game without devaluing it. Can we create a Mod that hooks in via factory connectors for Stern Machines that enable someone to use a foot pedal for right or left flippers.

    Would seem that the industry could spend a couple bucks to make games easier to modify and even work with some vendors to create thesemods.

    Pinball can be therapeutic. I've seen some games modded for wheelchairs in past. Would love to see a simple solution to this problem. Would love to see if anyone has solved this . Is there anything commercially available.

    Would seem you could some carefully bundled wires out back of machine with enough play to bring to front. Create a Mobile App that connects to a bluetooth receiver. Giving users a big pad they can hit with 1 hand. IDK just seems like someone must of solved this issue. If I open a place up I want people that don't have much to look forward to not feel excluded because they have some issues that tech could easily circumvent.

    #2 1 year ago

    Ben Heck made a gizmo that pushes the opposite flipper button with a button press from the other side.

    #3 1 year ago

    I'm thinking more of dongle. That alows you to leave machine undoctored but gives you another set of options.
    Pass thru or something no idea

    #5 1 year ago

    Nice - Love to make this more of a call for Stern, JJP and Spooky + Others to do what's right and making machines more accessible.

    #6 1 year ago

    Korn did this years ago with games he would bring to Expo. Haven't seen him in a few years, not sure if he's even on Pinside? Anyone know?

    John

    #7 1 year ago

    Random tangent, kudos to American Pinball for Oktoberfest allowing single hand play out of the box. People can choose it when starting a game, either for accessibility reasons or the challenge of playing beer in hand.

    Idk if P3 allows it, but it could and seems like something they could add to most of their games. Munsters Premium/LE could theoretically do it if Stern added the code.

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