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Mar. 24, 2014 12:00 pm

Haxbox: 10 people will play world’s largest video game with accessibility devices

A pair of Penn grad students have built a device that allows those who can't use standard arcade controllers to play computer games, Gamecube and now, Tetris on the Cira Centre.

A view of Pong being played on the Cira Centre to kickoff Philly Tech Week in 2013. Photo by Neal Santos.

Full Disclosure: Technical.ly Philly organizes Philly Tech Week Presented by AT&T, including the Arcade at the Oval event at which the Haxbox devices will be used.

A pair of Penn grad students have built a device that allows those who can’t use standard arcade controllers to play computer games, Gamecube and now, the world’s largest videogame on the Cira Centre.

Haxbox is an adapter that lets people play games with accessibility devices. The product has yet to launch but it’ll make its debut during the headliner for the Arcade at the Oval kickoff of Philly Tech Week Presented by AT&T: Cira Centre Tetris, where people will play Tetris on the University City skyscraper.

Technical.ly Philly, which organizes Philly Tech Week, in coordination with Dr. Frank Lee, the Drexel professor who envisioned the Cira Centre game and Haxbox are offering 10 spots for people who use accessibility devices to play Tetris.

It’s part of our effort to make Philly Tech Week as accessible as we can.

Apply here by Wednesday 11:59 p.m.

Haxbox was created by Dalton Banks and Noam Eisen, who developed the product when they were Penn undergrads. They’re both currently finishing their masters degree in robotics at Penn. They hope that Haxbox can “level the playing field for gamers with disabilities who want to play alongside their friends,” Banks said in an email.

The founders are planning a Kickstarter campaign but are open to accommodating small orders. Email sales AT haxbox.com for more information.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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