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Parts and Tools:
  • Sparkfun
    • Fantastic source for microcontrollers, electronics, tools, etc.  Lots of fun sales, competitions, and workshops.
  • Adafruit
    • Similar to Sparkfun, with more complex kits and devices.
  • Nerdkits
    • Kits with all of the parts and instructions necessary for a variety of electronics projects.
  • U-HID
    • Microcontroller boards designed specifically for building HID devices.
  • Teensy USB
    • Tiny, cheap microcontrollers.
  • ModularHose
    • Loc-Line segmented hose, great for mounting assistive technology, as well as building Desk Squids and Third Hands.  Appropriate kits for sale in the AT section.
  • Micro-Mark
    • Small tools for modeling, soldering, and all sorts of intricate work.
Adaptations, Modifications, and DIY:
  • OpenEyes
    • Open source, open hardware toolkit for low cost, real time eye tracking.
  • Switch Adapted Game Pad (OneSwitch)
    • How to add switch jacks to a game controller.  Useful for more than just this specific controller, as most are similar internally.
  • XBox 360 Switch Interfacing
    • Specifically building an arcade-style joystick, but easily adapted for switch jacks.
  • Retro D9 Switch Interface (OneSwitch)
    • A switch interface for 9-Pin D-sub connections, which can be used with Atari consoles, some power wheelchairs, and PCs through the use of a Stelladaptor.
  • Toodles (at Instructables)
    • Multiple instruction sets for assembling and interfacing with Cthulhu microcontroller boards, for game controller emulation.
  • WiiMote Adaptations (Special Effect)
    • A list of DIY accessibility hacks for Nintendo Wii controllers, ranging from simple to quite complex.
  • WiiMote Managed Library
    • Programming library for using Nintendo Wii controllers with a PC, in .NET.
  • Emergency Party Button
    • A funny application, but a good overview of what can be done with X-10 and other home automation equipment.  One button doing many things is the essence of assistive technology.
  • Web-Controlled Christmas Decorations
    • Possibly the most insane website ever made, but another great example of how home automation equipment can do nearly anything, especially when combined with a web server.  Also check out the Halloween version.
Free Software Tools:
  • CameraMouse
    • Head, body part, or object tracking to control a mouse, using a webcam.  Also see their downloads page for a variety of handy, compatible software.
  • Dwell Clicker
    • Small program for dwell clicking and right click/double click/click and drag functions.
  • ClickAid
    • Similar to Dwell Clicker, but with added functionality, like Shift/Control/Alt click.
  • Point-N-Click
    • ClickAid on steroids.  Much more customizable.
  • Snap Clutch
    • An application that uses eye gaze data to generate key and mouse events for playing games and more.
  • OATSoft
    • Open Source Assistive Technology Software project.
  • EventGhost
    • Automation tool that interfaces will with a variety of hardware, including IR transceivers and X-10 equipment.
  • AutoHotKey
    • Open source automation tool.  A large community provides support and shares scripts for nearly anything.
  • KidsMenu
    • A replacement shell for windows that limits access to applications.  Great for letting a child freely access preselected programs and games.  I use this on the PCs at AbleGames.
  • Jim Luther's Assistive Technology Collection
    • A variety of handy tools for computer access and education.
Gaming:
  • OneSwitch
    • The best resource around for one-switch and other accessible gaming, including a library of free games, a store, DIY guides, and a fantastic blog.
  • Special Effect
    • A charity that helps children with disabilities and their families to find games that work for them.  Their GameBase is great.
  • AbleGamers
    • A community of gamers with disabilities, with active forums and game reviews focusing specifically on accessibility.  They work with developers (on the level of Mythic and Blizzard) to make their games more accessible.  They are also now a non-profit foundation.
  • Nanogames
    • A set of very flexible, accessible games.
  • JoyToKey
    • Free software that allows game controllers to emulate keyboard and mouse inputs.
  • GlovePie
    • A free, programmable input emulator, similar to JoyToKey.
  • SwitchBlade
    • Another program for adapting controller inputs on a PC, specifically for gaming.  Includes rotary thumb stick typing.
  • Stealth Switch II
    • A USB switch interface.  There are many others available, but because this one is not specifically assistive technology, it is cheaper, especially when purchased from Thinkgeek.  The Stealth Switch AT is also available with five or ten ports.
  • Broadened Horizons (aka Gimp Gear)
  • Stelladaptor
    • An adapter that interfaces Atari 2600 controllers with PCs via USB.  The beauty is that many sets of ability switches and wheelchair controllers use the same 9-Pin D-Sub interface, and can be connected to a PC with this adapter.
  • TTK Console Adapters
    • A variety of adapters for connecting Playstation 1/2 style controllers and devices to different consoles.
  • LEPMIS PS3-SAP
    • A switch access pod for Playstation 3.  A Playstation 2 version is available as well, which could be used with the aforementioned TTK adapters.
  • Ben Heck
  • AcidMods
    • Controller modification in general, but they have done some very impressive, professional mods for gamers with disabilities.
Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neuroprosthetics:
  • BCI2000
    • General-purpose system for BCI research, available for free for non-profit research and educational purposes.
  • Intendix
    • EEG based spelling (Augmentative Alternative Communication) system for people with disabilities.
  • BrainGate
    • Ongoing BCI research in a variety of applications.
  • Neurosky
    • Producers of the MindSet and Mind Flex, and associated developer tools.
  • Emotiv
    • Producers of the EPOC and associated software development kit.





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