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Greg Tito | 6 Jul 2011 16:00
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Quad Controllers

One hardware modders works his magic not for shits and giggles, but for one of the most heart-warming gaming causes that I've ever come across. Ken Yankelevitz is a retired engineer who spends his free time making game controllers for people paralyzed from the waist down. By using lip switches and blow tubes, Yankelevitz's "Quad Controllers" allow people who would ordinarily have no outlet the ability to control something that most of us take for granted.

Yankelewitz has used his experience building flight simulators for the aviation industry to help paralyzed children and adults since 1981, when he made his first modified joystick for use with the Atari 2600 system. And even thought Yankelewitz is pushing 70 years of age himself, he still cranks out his custom-made controllers, albeit at a much slower pace.

For paralyzed individuals, being able to play games, and in some cases compete at a high level is all made possible by the hardware hacking of Ken Yankelevitz.

To find out more, head to Quad Control.com.

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