Since I have been old enough to remember, playing video games has been an all-day Saturday past time with my friends and cousins. When I was seven years old, my cousins would come over and we would play Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo. Is there anything else better in the world?! Unfortunately, after a spinal cord injury, video games can pose a challenge due to the hand functionality issues that come with SCI. At times, SCI can make something as simple as playing a video game much more complex.
Avid video gamer Luis Pena has set out to change that. Pena, a former US border control agent, was involved in a car accident that left him with a C6-7 spinal cord injury. However, Pena refused to let the accident slow him down. Wheel:Life did a story recently on martial arts wheelchair training and Pena says this type of workout helped him move forward with accepting his SCI. “It’s one of those things that because of my training in martial arts and so many people coming to help me out, I just was able to say ‘OK, this is what it is and it’s time to move on to a new chapter in my life,” Pena explains.
The new chapter in Pena’s life emerged with his revolutionary design for accessible video game controllers! The LP Pad as Pena calls it allows users with limited hand function to continue to play video games, develop new hobbies, while staying social and connected with others. Because of other technological advances, video gaming is now extremely popular online. More than ever, users from around the world come to play various multi-player live action or animated games. With the LP Pad, you can too!
Though in the early stages of its’ product lifecycle, Pena has high hopes for the LP Pad. Currently, it is only available for Xbox, but over time he plans to adapt it for all major gaming systems.
Pena and his team have found a really exciting niche, and we wish him and his new company the best of luck. Wheel:Life always enjoy sharing stories like this because you really never know where the next big idea will come from. I think we will be seeing more and more products like this coming out in the future and I am excited to see exactly what those could be.
The LP Pad retails for $399.99 and can be purchased at the LP Pad website: http://lpaccessibletechnologies.com/
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About the Author: Justin Racine, from Boston, serves as a Category Manager for Invacare Supply Group. He graduated from Western New England University with a B.S.B.A in Marketing Communication/Advertising. When he’s not busy with Marketing, Justin enjoys competing in 10K races, Boston sports, and spending time with friends and family.