Getting In The Game
Mechanical engineering student and his classmates develop innovative video game controller for little brother battling cerebral
Dale Brick loves to play video games with his big brother Brad Eley. The challenge is Dale is a quadriplegic and does not have full use of his left arm or his two legs. It makes it tough for this determined 7-year-old to use the games' intricate controller
So Brad, a mechanical engineering student from the University of Dayton, decided to take the project to his fellow engineering students at the Innovation Center to give Dale a little help.
"We collaborated and came up with mechanical prototypes first to have Dale test them to tell us what would be most comfortable." explained Eley.
Through funding from the Kern Foundation, they eventually came up with a controller that has improved Dale's motor skills.
"He's gotten a lot better," Eley said. "He beats me often, actually."
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