Designing a mouse for quadraplegic

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In summary, there are several options for creating a computer usage device for a quadriplegic individual. These include a mouse pointing device using an eye camera, a head movement tracker, tounge-based input, and voice recognition applications like the Dragon system. A combination of a pointing system and voice recognition may be the most effective solution.
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My brother has a friend who is quadraplegic and is at a loss as to how to design a mechanism for him to use his computer efficiently , does anyone know of such a device or have an idea as to how to start the design of this [mouse mover] any advice will be welcome as this guy is wrighting a book and needs his computer.
 
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I googled Mouse Pointing Devices For The Disabled, and got a number of good hits. Here's one using an eye camera:

http://www.techpowerup.com/161298/samsung-announces-eyecan-pointing-device-for-disabled.html

Head movement tracker:

http://www.orin.com/access/headmouse/

Tounge-based input:

http://www.sigchi.org/chi97/proceedings/tech-note/cs.htm

You can also look at voice recognition applications like the Dragon system:

http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm

Probably one of the pointing systems plus the Dragon voice recognition system would be a good way to go. :smile:
 

1. How would a mouse be designed to accommodate quadriplegic individuals?

A mouse for quadriplegic individuals would need to be designed with accessibility in mind. This means incorporating features such as large buttons and easy-to-grip designs. The mouse may also need to be operated with minimal hand movements, such as using voice commands or head movements.

2. Are there any existing designs for a mouse for quadriplegic individuals?

Yes, there are existing designs for a mouse specifically designed for quadriplegic individuals. These designs may include features such as customizable buttons and sensitivity, as well as ergonomic designs for comfort and ease of use.

3. How can the mouse be adapted for different levels of quadriplegia?

The mouse can be adapted for different levels of quadriplegia by incorporating customizable settings and features. This allows individuals with varying levels of mobility to adjust the mouse to their specific needs and abilities.

4. Is there any research being done on improving the design of a mouse for quadriplegic individuals?

Yes, there is ongoing research on improving the design of a mouse for quadriplegic individuals. This includes incorporating new technologies such as eye-tracking and brain-computer interfaces, as well as gathering feedback from quadriplegic individuals to make improvements based on their specific needs and preferences.

5. How can I provide feedback or suggestions for the design of a mouse for quadriplegic individuals?

If you have feedback or suggestions for the design of a mouse for quadriplegic individuals, you can reach out to organizations or companies that specialize in assistive technology. You can also contact researchers and designers who are working on this area of study to share your thoughts and ideas.

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