Hi folks. Fairly new to this site, but I am enjoying the content. I have 24 yr with DMD. Up until about a year ago, he was able to play his PlayStation 3 if we placed the controller in his hands and positioned his fingers on the buttons. He couldn't do everything, but he kept himself entertained for hours. He lost that last little bit of strength and movement in his hands and was unable to play for quite a while. He was pretty much stuck watching TV. We set him up with a laptop, microphone headset with Dragon Naturally Speaking and I was able to find an infrared attachment and software so that he could changes channels. We looked and looked for some kind of voice control for the PS3 and never really found a solution. Fortunately I one day stumbled on a website that specializes in various remote controls and some that were made to control a PS3 with infrared. The PS3 is bluetooth control only, and since a lot of people use the PS3 as a BluRay player, people were looking for a way to control the PS3 with a universal infrared remote instead of having to use multiple remotes for the various gear. While I was looking at those I came across one that could be attached to and controlled by a computer, and included a "virtual remote" for the computer to control the PS3. Wow! I immediately ordered one with high hopes. Unfortunately we could not get Dragon to "push" the buttons by speaking their function.
He could get it to work by commanding the mouse, but that is not practical when playing a game. So I emailed tech support and to my complete surprise they actually customized an program to work with Dragon! I guess we were sort of the beta testers for the software. It does not fully replicate all the functions of a of controller at this point, but he has the basics down and has been happily playing for weeks. The best part of all is that the vendor did not charge us for this and has made it available on their web site for others.
I am sharing all of this for two reasons:
First and foremost I hope that others can benefit from this. The product is the PS3IR-1000 at this site- http://www.schmartz.com
and the downloads section has the virtual PS3 controller software that my son uses. I do think it's bit misleading that it says you can control the PS3 with your voice without explaining you need other software to do that. But it does make it possible, where once it was not. We actually bought it through Amazon.
The other is to ask for some feedback from the community. The company is interested in further developing and marketing the product but they are not sure of the potential customer base. Neither am I. As I said earlier, we tried to find something before can never came across anything. I don't know where else to ask, except the MD-List. Do any of you know of something similar out there?
I hope some of you can benefit from this. Please feel free to ask me for more information about my son's setup. I can hear him yelling at the game (he's playing football) as I write this, so he is fully engaged!
Thanks for listening.