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Student develops special games controller for his sister

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-03-18 18:15

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Mylo, still a 3D printing prototype, consists of a unique and inclusive games controller built to help disabled people improve their mental fitness and dexterity levels by people video games.

The device was the solution Billy came up with to help Jess work on her muscle memory and be more independent with some of her daily tasks. It is composed by a spinning dial, a microphone, speakers, light sensors and illuminated buttons to create a fun and interactive experience, whilst also improving the user’s motor skills, the speed in which they process information and also their hand-eye coordination. It connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Mylo works by connecting to an app which features several games and helps users to replicate real-world situations such as turning a tap on or opening a jar to improve their muscle memory. The controller aims to encourage the user focusing more on the physical interaction rather than on the movements on the screen. For example, it features a twistable section that mimics the action of unscrewing a jar lid or turning a door handle.

Featuring also an inclusive component, the device was created so that both disabled people and people with no muscle movement disorders can be able to play together.

“I see the future for Mylo as being a device that people source for occupational therapy, as well as being a household object that the family can play with. The main ambition from this was to break down the barriers between able-bodied users and disabled users; because I think it’s something that developers of games controllers have neglected slightly”, the inventor expressed.

Billy is trying to get investors so that he can further develop his product and get a finished device.

Adapted from: https://bit.ly/2F9Z9ra

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About the author

Billy Searle, born the UK, in 1993, was a student at Loughborough Design School when he developed, in 2018, Mylo, a special games controller for his sister Jess, who has cerebral palsy.

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