Can motion controls be changed???

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Spike88, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    My wife seen an IPAD the other day and it contained special learning program - which our disabled son can use. However, his fine motor skills are low. Vision fine motor skills of a 3-5 year old.

    With the iPad, is there a method to "slow down" its motion controls? For example on iMac, one can change its mouse and scroll sensitivity. Can enabling larger Mouse Pointer, slowing down its "motion / user controls" be done within the IPad device as well???

  2. seajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    Without really understanding your sons needs, I would say that the iPad is very responsive to a variety motion inputs, either fast or slow. There are many reports of very young children using the iPad intuitively and without much problem. The best thing would be for him to try it.

    But to answer your question, you cannot change the sensitivity in a non-Jailbroken iPad. In the JB world, there are a number of programs that allow more control over settings, but I couldn't say if motion sensitivity is one.
  3. Spike88 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Thanks. If wondering, we do plan to take our disabled son to our local Future Shop this weekend. Hopefully, they have an on display iPad - that he's allowed to play with for 10 minutes. If he can run its basic controls (using fine motor movements) without too much struggle, then we'll do our next step. re: Ask my government to "fund" 75% of its purchase. Funded under my son's disability benefits program.

    If my son is unable to operate the Apple - iPad, then we'll be offered a non-Apple iPad instead. Sorry. Don't know its name. But my wife was really impressed with the look, feel and screen quality of the Apple - iPad product.

  4. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    I'm not entirely clear what you mean by motion controls. You can lock the orientation of an iPad so that moving it doesn't rotate the screen. On the current software this can be done by flipping the physical switch; on the upcoming 4.2 software you'll need to double tap the home button and swipe to the right to find the orientation lock icon.

    Some games do use motion controls to, for example, turn the iPad into a steering wheel. Normally these games seem to have a built in sensitivity setting.

    Good luck with trying out an iPad :)
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    iPad doesn't have a mouse pointer, you tap the icons and other on-screen controls directly with your fingers.

    NY Times recently ran an article about how an iPad was being used for a boy with disabilities, perhaps it might have useful information for you.

    Good luck with finding the right assistive equipement for your son.

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