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X-Max Game Controller

Enabling Engineering

The Need

Max Plansky has cerebral palsy which inhibits his motor skills to the point where it is impossible for him to play video games, specifically Xbox, using traditional control systems. Our controller aims to enable Max to play XBox with minimal external assistance.

The Solution

Our current solution is an array of mechanical switches suspended around Max’s head which allow him to control 4 of the 10 buttons on a traditional Xbox controller. The switches are covered with large foam pads to enable comfortable head operation. The most recent update includes an inline companion controller so that an occupational therapist or  friend can play the with Max and aid him as he learns to use the device. Our next steps include improving the current mechanical system and exploring new technologies, such as myoelectric control, which show potential to better suit Max’s abilities.