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Application of tilt sensors in human-computer mouse interface for people with disabilities

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1 Author(s)
Yu-Luen Chen ; Hwa-Hsia Coll. of Technol. & Commerce, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan

This study describes the motivation and the design considerations of an economical head-operated computer mouse. In addition, it focuses on the invention of a head-operated computer mouse that employs two tilt sensors placed in the headset to determine head position and to function as simple head-operated computer mouse. One tilt sensor detects the lateral head-motion to drive the left/right displacement of the mouse. The other one detects the head's vertical motion to move up and down with respect to the displacement of the mouse. A touch switch device was designed to contact gently with operator's cheek. Operator may puff his cheek to trigger the device to perform single click, double clicks, and drag commands. This system was invented to assist people with disabilities to live an independent professional life.

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IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 3 )