Designing software that could be used by people with differing abilities was a big part of building software for Pearson Education. Working there taught me a lot about Universal Design for Learning and making products accessible, so it’s refreshing to see this meme make its way into a game for the Wii — in this case a design that welcomes the visually impaired. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/HmEF5LhhQtU" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
The game, called AudiOdyssey, simulates a deejay trying to build up a catchy tune and get people dancing. By swinging the remote-control device used by the Nintendo Wii, which senses motion, the player can set the rhythm and lay down one musical track after another, gradually building up a richer musical track. It was developed by MIT and Singaporean students to make it possible for visually impaired people to play the game on a level field with their sighted friends. Very cool. More info here..