An evaluation of the Wii Nunchuk as an alternative assistive device for people with intellectual and physical disabilities using switch controlled software

Standen, P.J., Camm, C., Battersby, S., Brown, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1677-7485 and Harrison, M., 2011. An evaluation of the Wii Nunchuk as an alternative assistive device for people with intellectual and physical disabilities using switch controlled software. Computers & Education, 56 (1), pp. 11-20. ISSN 0360-1315

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Abstract

Many people with intellectual disabilities also have physical difficulties which prevent them from using standard computer control devices. Custom made alternative devices for those with special needs can be expensive and the low unit turnover makes the prospect unattractive to potential manufacturers. One solution is to explore the potential of devices used in contemporary gaming technology, such as the Nintendo Wii. The Wii Nunchuk has the potential to replace joystick functions with the advantages of not being surface bound and easier for some individuals to grasp. This study evaluated the feasibility of using the Nunchuk by comparing its performance as a switch with the participant's usual switch. Twenty three volunteers aged between 17 and 21 with intellectual and physical disabilities completed a Single Switch Performance Test using the new device and their familiar device. For most functions of the switch, there was no significant difference between the participants' performance using the Nunchuck and their familiar device. Additional analysis found that some participants' performance did improve whilst using the Nunchuck, but this was not significantly related to physical or cognitive ability. Those whose performance was better with the Nunchuk were more likely to hold it in the conventional way than were those who had better performance with their familiar device. This merits it being offered as a possible alternative to currently available switches for those with physical difficulties affecting their grip.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Computers & Education
Creators: Standen, P.J., Camm, C., Battersby, S., Brown, D.J. and Harrison, M.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2011
Volume: 56
Number: 1
ISSN: 0360-1315
Identifiers:
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10.1016/j.compedu.2010.06.003DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:16
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:54
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25375

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