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Adroit Switchblade – now launched!
Now launched it the versatility of the adroit switchblade looks awesome. Mark Barlet CEO of The Ablegamers Foundation describes it as a ‘game changer for people with disabilities’. Here is a video of Mark describing the new controller from the Joystiq site:
Said to be the most adaptable controller on the market, the Adroit Switchblade has 19 ports (11 reprogramable and 2 sets of 4 for the thumb sticks). It means that gamers can decide their own preferred personal set up. Any switches can be plugged in from light touch to muscle twitch to gumball in any configuration so that the best individual set up can be achieved. Another amazing feature is that any of the 11 slots can be reprogrammed as any button on the Xbox controller.
Each Switchblade is supplied with lightweight and easy to operate, very small thumb sticks for directional controls, included too is a rumble pack for each one. Rumble packs being one of the favourite mods for gamers from Evil Controllers, the company who developed the Adroit Switchblade.
No need for Joysticks
For gamers who cannot use joysticks, each Adroit Switchblade comes with ports designed specifically for the directional movements. With this adaption you can now make thumb sticks yourself using the four switches in any configuration you choose. One suggestion is to mount four light touch switches around a central hub so that you can move the switches with both hands. There is a huge range of personal possibilities and unique set ups with this arrangement.
For switch users there is a special option called the Switchblade exclusive option. As switch users know there are usually only a few postions suitable for a switch. If you can only use a few switches at a time or you don’t want to spend a lot of money on different switches the Profile Option is excellent.
The profile option allows for multiple functions on the same switch on three different profiles. If for example you can only use 2 switches after the directional controls, you could set switch number one to be the profile changer and thereby give you access to s to 6 controller functions. Profile one could be set to your main action buttons and profile two has the shoulder buttons and profile three can contain the remaining secondary action buttons. You would just press the profile changer to run through the profiles and use that button for the task you were currently trying to do.
The Switchblade arrives set-up for Xbox gaming, but using a straight forward adapter you can use it very quickly and easily with a PC, Laptop or Playstation. This will help reduce the costs for people with disabilities who often need to buy many different controllers for games on different platforms. It is a versatile piece of assistive technology so that one device with a simple adapter can suit all a persons gaming needs.
The AbleGamers say that the Adroit Switchblade is a “dream come true for many disabled gamers” and has the greatest adaptability on the accessible gaming market.
This new partnership between Evil Controllers and the Ablegamers Foundation is very encouraging for those supporting user designed technology. It is the the first in a new line of accessible controllers, but perhaps the beginning of more affordable assistive technology, of which the Trabasack design team are proud to be a part. We agree that equipment that can help people with disabilities is often too expensive for people on fixed incomes and benefits. The partnership intends to sell the new range of controllers in the Adroit line at an affordable price. The Adroit Switchblade will be $399, around £250 which is considerably cheaper than many adaptive devices for gaming currently on the market.
Big congrats from all at Trabasack the teams involved including Adam Coe and Jonah Coe, Mark Barlet and Steve Spohn. We hope to meet up with them in the US next year.
The Adroit switchblade is a step closer to achieving high quality, low cost accessibility for gamers everywhere!
Ablegamers and Evil Controllers unveil new controller: The Adroit Switchblade
Hot news from our favourite US charity The Ablegamers Foundation, they have a teamed up with the awesome Evil Controllers to launch a brand new controller at the annual PAX event. The Adroit Switchblade is said to be the first in an innovative series of controllers that make gaming more accessible for all users.
The new Adroit Switchblade controller is a joint effort from the two much admired organisations and has been developed to create “highly versatile assistive technology” at a reasonable and affordable price. Evil Controllers was one of the first controller modification companies to offer professional Rapid Fire and Fast Reload controller mods and is considered the best ‘modding company’ in the US.
Evil Controllers is admired in the gaming industry for their joint working with the AbleGamers. They have been developing bespoke controllers for gamers with disabilities with button modification and the ability to switch the button positioning.
“Adroit controller : jump into the gaming without restrictions.”
Adam Coe, CEO of Evil Controllers said “Working with AbleGamers is very exciting and allows Evil Controllers to make larger strides in bringing gaming to the entirety of the population. Working with gamers with disabilities has been incredibly rewarding for all involved, both on the production and gaming end of the spectrum. I am personally very excited about the new Adroit controller, which AbleGamers and myself hope will enable even more people to play, and jump into the gaming community without restrictions.”
Mark Barlet, the President and co-founder of the Ablegamers Foundation said that the work behind the scenes to develop the new Adroit controller had been exhausting but very rewarding, he added that the new accessible controller has potential to enhance the gaming experience of people with disabilities and enable real change in their lives. Complimenting the intellectual and technological skills of the Evil Controller development team, he said “I could not be happier with the results”.
Unveiling the Switchblade
“The problem with equipment currently available to help the disabled community get into videogames is that it often costs way more than someone on disability can afford,” said Steve Spohn, Editor-In-Chief of ablegamers.com. The new Adroit Controller is expected to be affordable for the ordinary gamer, a breakthrough among expensive adapted controllers. Those lucky enough to be attending the PAX prime conference will be able to see the launch and ceremonial unveiling of the new Switchblade Adroit Controller during the the “Gamers Doing Good, How Video Games Change People’s Lives” panel on Saturday, August 22, at 12:30 PST in the Serpent Theater, Penny Arcade Expo (PAX).
PAX takes place at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, which is located in downtown Seattle, Washington.
Trabasack and the Adroit Controller
At trabasack we are very excited about the launch of the new adroit controller and the new venture by Ablegamers. We are working with the Ablegamers to help bring trabasack to the gaming community in the US and look forward to seeing Trabasack working with the new Switchblade adapted controller. The Ablegamers are big fans of trabasack so we are hoping to see some pics of it being used at the launch event. Watch this space.
Now launched it looks awesome, Mark Barlet describes it as a ‘game changer for people with disabilities’. Read about the launch of the Adroit Switchblade in our next post.