I couldn't possibly be the first poster in this forum, could I? I guess this forum is new. Lets start with something simple:
The "switchboard" or "footboard" is explained on my website
, but I'll sum it up here:
This board is intended for my feet. The Arduino tells my software when a button is pressed or released. The board (a three-ringed binder with switches) serves as a resting place for my feet, as well as a secondary input method into the computer. So far, my software has modes to allow these buttons to control winamp, perform clipboard operations (copy/paste), and serve as shortcuts for things I use often (such as a prefix for URLs of pictures on my site).
With software, any combination of functions can be made to do all sorts of things. For me, these added buttons allow me to do things faster than I can normally, or even allow me to do things I couldn't do before. Before, it was impossible for this amputee to effectively play FPS games. With this invention, I can use my feet to move around, leaving my only hand free to do the mouse thing.
I think this last part was worth mentioning, as in a way the Arduino is improving my quality of life. I'm sure the creators of the Arduino didn't imagine seeing it being used for the disabled. I'm very grateful that there is such a thing! Thanks to everyone who helped make Processing/Wiring/Arduino a reality