Florida university makes technology to help people with prosthetics to play video games


The University of Central Florida has developed technology that allows people without hands or arms to play video games.

The technology allows users to operate a game controller through muscle movements, which send signals to sensors, according to WESH.

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The signals allow users to jump, smash or make other movements with video game characters. In addition to having fun, the goal of the video games is to get children without limbs to train their muscles for new prosthetics. 

The games were tested by Alex Pring, the now-9-year-old boy who was given a robotic arm, engineered by Limbitless Solutions, two years ago. Pring’s arm, dubbed the “Iron Man” arm, was delivered by actor Robert Downey Jr.

The training video tested by Pring, Smash Bro, was one of five new games developed by the university that are adapted for people without arms or hands.

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"It was almost a life-changing event the first time we saw the kids play the games. And I could not be more happy with the result," Pete Smith, a professor at UCF, told WESH.

Read more at WESH.


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