May 8, 2008, 10:29 AM, Posted by Theresa Kanter
At the opening plenary session of today's Games for Health conference, Ben Sawyer introduced modded (modified) guitars that allow Guitar Hero to be played with one arm. The modded guitars followed a discussion with a rehabilitation therapist in North Carolina and a game developer in Wisconsin. The therapist asked for a version of Guitar Hero for her patients who had lost an arm or had limited use of an arm. Guitar Hero provided guitars to Ben Heckendorn who created a modified pedal that allows the player to strum the guitar with her foot. This is a big contribution towards accessible video games, but it also illustrates the power of collaboration. Games for Health brings together people who work (and face challenges) in health and health care to designers and developers from the video game industry with new solutions.
Below are some pics of Ben Sawyer (with tie around his head) and Ben Heckendorn rocking out with the modded Guitar Hero.
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.