For users with physical disabilities, one solution to replace the traditional mouse may be to track head or other body part movements. For example, tilting your head to the left may move the pointer to the left on the screen, while a blink might equal a mouseclick.
Discussion by Disabilities
- For users with severe physical disabilities or paralysis who may not be able to use traditional mouse and keyboard setups, a simple head-tracking input system may give them the ability to access a computer independently.
Please note that these products are not necessarily endorsed by RtF, but represent the range of available options.
Open Source and free
These products are free and their source code may be modified with few restrictions.
Free, not necessarily open source
These products are free to use, but may have strict restrictions on viewing and modifying source code.
Commercial, with free trial
These products are free to try for a limited period of time or with limited functionality. They must be purchased for full functionality.
- FaceMOUSE – AIDA
Commercial, no free trial
These products must be purchased to be used, and did not offer free trials at the time of posting.
Related Research and Papers
- Towards Hands-Free Interfaces Based on Real-Time Robust Facial Gesture Recognition – Cristina Manresa-Yee, Javier Varona, and Francisco J. Perales (2006)
- Head Gestures Recognition – Pei Chi Ng and Liyanage C. De Silva (2001)
- Recognition of Head Gestures Using Hidden Markov Models – Carlos Morimoto, Yaser Yacoob, Larry Davis (1996)
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