The Camera Mouse is a technology developed at Boston College that allows a person with very limited voluntary muscle control – for example, the ability to move their head a bit – to control the computer. The technology has found its major application in helping people with severe disabilities, people who cannot speak and cannot reliably move any part of their body below the neck but who can move their head.
The Camera Mouse technology is less restrictive than EagleEyes, as it does not involve putting on electrodes, and is easier to use. It just involves sitting in front of a camera and moving your head. Thus, people who have head control are encouraged to try Camera Mouse first, and if that doesn’t work we then try EagleEyes. Until recently Camera Mouse was available from a start-up company.
To learn more about Camera Mouse and to download for free the current version of the Camera Mouse program please visit http://cameramouse.org/.
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