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Paralysed man can now play computer games, thanks to a chair

A British man who lost the use of his limbs following a cycling accident is now able to play computer games again.

Mr Will Clark, who is from Cumbria, UK, thought that he had to give up playing his favourite Fifa football games on the PlayStation after a breaking the right half of his neck while participating in a triathlon in 2012.

According to Mail Online, the 30-year-old was thrown off his bicycle after an object became lodged in one of its wheels.

The accident left him paralysed from the neck down.

"I used to love cooking and had to let someone else do all my meals for me. There were things that I never thought that I would be able to do again - getting back to play on the PlayStation was one," said Mr Clark in an interview with Mail Online.

After hearing of his condition, his friends became determined to get him back to playing the video game again.

Special chair

They collaborated with a company to build a special chair that allows him to play games with his mouth and shoulders.

Mr Clark said: "At the moment I am really into Fifa I have a special controller which I can operate - I use my chin to move one of the joysticks and can press the buttons with special pads I hit with my shoulders.

"The chair is a work in progress that I have with a company called Special Effects - they worked with me after the hospital told me that it would not be possible to play computer games again."

His chair is the first of its kind in the world.

It also enables its user to play certain driving games which support the two-button controller setup — a mode that only requires players to operate a few buttons.

Now that he's able to use the PlayStation again, Mr Clark is looking to add features to his chair that will allow him to play games with more complex controller setups such as Call of Duty, a first-person shooter.

He said: "The only thing that limits me is the number of buttons I can press.

"We are looking at using the back of my head to operate the second analog stick on the controller, but are running into a few issues at the moment."

Source: Mail Online

 

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