Attachments-free Point and Click Device for the Disabled
Computers are becoming an integral part of the workplace and home environments.
Without use of the angers and hands, however, the standard computer workstation is impossible to use, and people with such disabilities are isolated from career, educational,
and social opportunities.
For such individuals, several devices are available to replace the keyboard and
mouse. However, nearly all devices require equipment or markers to be placed on
the head. For many disabled people, the computer can therefore not be used
without assistance. Additionally, when the disabled person wishes to leave the
computer, he or she is left wearing conspicuous objects until assistance can
again be obtained.
This project will develop an attachment-free point and click (PAC) device for
the disabled. The device will be capable of tracking the head motion of the computer
user and extracting pointing information. In addition to providing an important
unaddressed function, the proposed device, using only low-cost components,
promises to be available at a very low cost.
In the Phase I project, Vortant Technologies will team with Easter Seals
Arizona, which will provide input on requirements and function, as well as lead
the test and evaluation activities.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
Many disabled individuals use or wish to use computing technology. With current input
devices, this is often difficult for those without effective use of the fingers or hands. The
proposed R & D will result in a product of direct benefit to these individuals, who number
more than 1 million individuals. The Point and Click device can be constructed of low-cost
components, and can be built efficiently in low or high volumes. Thus, the chances for
commercial release of a product are quite high.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Philip R. Schaefer
160 WILDFLOWER CIR SEDONA, AZ 86351
Number of Employees: