Wired talks to Eelke Folmer at University of Nevada, Reno about his work involving video games for the blind and disabled.
Blind Hero is a guitar-based music game that can be played without looking at the screen. Folmer's group developed a glove that vibrates your fingers a split-second before you're supposed to play each note in the game. It's difficult to play, but with enough practice you can experience the sensation of playing guitar without the onscreen commands.
- My husband's video game addiction was driving me crazy. Then we found an obsession we could share.
"The man I married is on the couch in the living room, his eyes glassy as he diddles the control on the Xbox, blowing to smithereens shadowy figures lurching across the screen. We haven't spoken in several hours."
"If you don't stop playing that game right now, I'm filing for divorce!" I holler. He can't hear me. You know, the headphones."