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Paraplegic develops Xbox video game controller

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -

A former Border Patrol agent who was paralyzed in a rollover accident several years ago has come up with a brilliant invention -- and it all started because Luis Peña wanted to get back to playing video games.

When Peña was an agent, he was pursuing drug smugglers when his car rolled over.  He was in a coma for a month and when he woke up, he discovered he couldn't move anything below his shoulders -- but he wasn't about to let that stop him.

Peña loves video games, but after his accident, how could he possibly play them again?  Then it came to him.

"..I need to learn how to play this, get back to playing this..I needed some interaction," he said.

The remote for the Xbox is small.  Luis can't move his fingers to use it, but he can move his arms and wrists, so he came up with an much larger remote.

"The RT which are the trigger buttons are right here and the bumper buttons are in the center so all the buttons that remote has for the Xbox are right here and then in my chin stick," explained Peña.

The buttons are very sensitive.  If Luis brushes against them, they work!  There's an oversize joystick and a chin stick for up and down movements.  Using the technology he developed, Luis plays video games like a pro.

This unit has been for sale since just after Halloween and already they have sold 20 of them -- some to folks in Europe.

Luis says he's not in this for the money.

"I am not after the dollar signs.  I am about helping other guys."

The LP pad costs $399.  Luis hopes as he manufactures more of them, he can bring the price down.

Xbox 360 LP Pad Game Controller
LP Accessible Technologies
Luis Peña
(855) 231-1444
www.lpaccessibletechnologies.com

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