RJ Cooper & Associates, Inc. specializes in software and hardware for persons with special needs. One of their newest inventions is a modified Guitar Hero guitar, adjusted to suit players who are unable to use their arms to manipulate the frets. The guitar is fitted with an attached Gumball Switch, a button that can be placed near the players head and pressed. When the device is engaged the guitar simulates a strum, allowing the physically challenged player to compete against their friends and family without actually having to hold the guitar and strum.
With this adaption users from all walks of life can be involved in gaming. The modified guitar works just as any other guitar would work, so you’ll be able to play Guitar Hero: World Tour with a singer, bass player, and drummer together on varying levels of difficulty. The Gumball Switch can even be attached to the drum set and act as the bass pedal!
But what about all of the Rock Band fans out there? Sadly, Rock Band does not have a mode where you can play without without using the fret buttons, so this device would not work.
A modified Guitar Hero: World Tour guitar can be purchased for every system across the board for $99, including the original Xbox and PS2. RJ Cooper & Associates also make an array of standard system controllers for gamers with special needs. Check them all out here.