An Industrial Design Educational Project: Dedicated Gaming Controller Providing Haptic Feedback for Children with Cerebral Palsy

By Alexander Walker and David Hobbs.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

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This University of South Australia and Flinders University collaborative industrial design educational project aimed to design, develop, and prototype a specialised gaming controller that children with cerebral palsy hand impairments could use. The project saw the development of two different specialised game controllers that could be used to play a range of custom-designed computer games while providing tactile vibration feedback to the user’s hands to increase game realism and their sense of gameplay.

Keywords: Industrial Design, Stage Gate, Design Education, Gaming Controller, Cerebral Palsy, Haptic

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 7, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.11-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 556.337KB).

Dr Alexander Walker

Lecturer, School of Art, Architecture, and Design, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Alexander (Sandy) Walker has worked extensively in research and development and management roles in Europe, North America and Asia with manufacturing and design consulting organisations. In 2001 he began the design, development and commercialization process of the “Orbcourt” range of environmentally friendly, multi-sport flooring products. Orbcourt was awarded a commendation in the 2002 Design Institute of Australia Design Awards for its high level of innovation and attention to the principles of environmentally sustainable design. He currently coordinates the Master Industrial Design program and teaches in the master of sustainable design program at the University of South Australia. His interest in and passion for sports equipment design and biomechanics have been the inspiration to study for a Doctor of Philosophy higher degree at RMIT University’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering. His research focuses on sports injury prevention in relation to the design characteristics of point-elastic, multi-sport playing surfaces.

David Hobbs

Lecturer/PhD Candidate, School of Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, Flinders University, Australia