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Canadian company’s new device makes Pokémon Go accessible to wheelchair users

Industrial Designer at Komodo, Larry Kwok displayed the ability to control the game using Tecla

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Tecla’s control unit switches the target device for the hardware controller between the smartphone and the wheelchair

Toronto based company Komodo OpenLab thought of a way to make it easier to play Pokémon Go on tablets and smartphones for users who might not be able to interact with these gadgets (people who have multiple sclerosis, are wheelchair bound or have spinal injuries), by using its assistive hardware product called, Tecla in iOS Switch Control in “Point Mode”.

In a video, Industrial Designer at Komodo, Larry Kwok displayed the ability to control the game using Tecla with the help of local pokémon savvy friends (both on an electric wheelchair) on the streets of Toronto. The Tecla controlled was installed on their wheelchairs and allowed for control of the game via Bluetooth. A control unit switched the target device for the hardware controller between the smartphone and the wheelchair, which also works with single or dual switches.

The Tecla team had previously done feasibility testing on their system in late July with the Pokémon Go game.

Pokémon Go was officially launched in 15 new countries and regions across Asia and Oceania today. People from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau can now officially download Pokémon GO from the Play Store or App Store.

However, Pokémon GO is still missing from the two biggest markets in the world – India and China. The launch date of the game for either countries is still unknown. The game has still not reached another important market like South Korea. The game recently completed 100 million downloads on both iOS and Android, and was recently launched in Latin America.