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Head-tracking mouse designed for people with disabilities

by • May 2, 2016 • No Comments

Technology is meant to manufacture life simpler, but our many talked about devices are based on the assumption that users have full control of their hands. For those with disabilities who are unable to use a mouse or a touch screen, mass-produced devices can become additional of a hindrance than a assist. This is why a Turkish developer says he came up with GlassOuse, that puts the capabilities of a mouse on a pair of glasses.

GlassOuse looks like a pretty chunky lensless glasses frame in that it is worn over the nose and ears. A flexible cord connected to the frame leads to a “click button” that is inserted into the mouth. The whole thing connects to a desktop or mobile device via Bluetooth to act as point device.

It’s reminiscent of London researchers‘ and later Samsung’s efforts to turn it into an eye-tracking mouse process. Sensors in the GlassOuse frame track head movements, that are utilized to control the movement of a cursor on a screen, and the user can bite on the button to click or tap on a target.

Designer Mehmet Nemo Turker says the button has been tested 50,000 times under 3 tons of pressure and is antibacterial. GlassOuse has a rechargeable battery that is definitely made to provide 15 hours of use per charge.

Turker says he was inspired to turn it into GlassOuse after a friend became disabled next a diving chance. He’s turn it intod an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to bring the device into production.

Pledges begin at US$149. According to Turker’s production schedule, there is a prototype that is definitely passed tests and a pilot sample has been manufactured, but production isn’t due to begin until June, if all goes to plan.

The video at a lower place introduces GlassOuse.

Sources: GlassOuse, Indiegogo

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