Soda Drinker Pro Trains Users of MyoPro Limb Orthosis
We don’t normally feature a game in our Heads Up section twice, but I decided to make an exception for “Soda Drinker Pro.”
Don’t get me wrong; I still think that “Soda Drinker Pro” is a really, really weird game, but the developers have done something cool, and that deserves attention.
“Soda Drinker Pro” has launched for a device called the MyoPro. Created by Myomo, the MyoPro is a powered brace that was designed for people with multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as ALS), stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, and other neurological damage. It supports weakened or deformed arms to help them become functional again; it can even help a partially paralyzed limb move.
The MyoPro is pretty awesome. It helps people regain control of their lives, allowing them to return to work and to live on their own safely. The problem Myomo was running into was that the MyoPro’s learning curve was too steep. New users were having trouble learning to operate it. Myomo wanted to make learning fun for their users and hired game developer Sean Halloran to make that happen.
Halloran developed training games games for MyoPro users. He also connected to Will Brierly, the developer behind “Soda Drinker Pro,” and together they developed a port of the game to help people learn to use their MyoPros, and through them, their arms.
Like I said, this is really awesome. I always get excited when I see devices that make games more accessible to all types of users, but the alliance between Myomo and “Soda Drinker Pro” does something even better: It uses a game to make a device more accessible to its users, and that will improve the lives of a great many people.