Mouse as a glove

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Mouse parts mounted on a glove. This is interesting as alternate input is can't grasp a mouse. You only need to place your hand on any surface and start mousing. [via hackaday]

Alternative Input Possibilities – Acoustic skin

Friday, March 12th, 2010

There's always going to be different options required for alternative input devices according to differing abilities. So it's great to see the research and experimentation going on around this area, mostly driven I suspect by the need for different control of mobile technologies. Here's one using acoustics of taps on the ...

Mobile Phone Physicality and Inverse Feedback for Input

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Thought: Feedback can be turned to alternative input if inverted. Fabian Hemmert does research through and about design and creates projects like shape-changing-mobiles, weight-shifting-mobiles, breathing and pulsating ambient-life mobile device feedback. The mobile concepts are designed to provide different feedback mechanisms that are physical. I've often written about the importance of feedback when ...

The future of brain-controlled devices – CNN.com

Friday, January 15th, 2010

CNN report on the future of brain controlled devices. In part : "Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) come in two varieties. Noninvasive techniques use electrodes placed on the scalp to measure electrical activity. Invasive procedures implant electrodes directly into the brain. In both cases, the devices interact with a computer to produce a wide ...

ThinkPad keyboard with TrackPoint

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="361" caption="ibm keyboard"][/caption] Combining pointing devices with keyboards is great for those with limited reach / movement and mouth stick users. ThinkPad keyboards are fantastic. To have em as a desktop kb would be great. [New ThinkPad keyboard features crowdsourced design, lower price]

A True Hands Free Bluetooth Headset

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Meet Darrell Earlier in the year I was contacted by Darrell. Darrell may not realise it, but he is a Lifekludger. Darrell has a son. His son lives with a disability. His son's disability prevented him from using a mobile phone. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="earpiece"][/caption]Unable to press a button to activate 'hands ...

Adesso compact wireless keyboard

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="299" caption="adesso compact wireless kb"][/caption] Nice compact, wi-fi keyboard, useful for limited reach. And no cords. Non-multi touch pad is a positive in my opinion. Would love to test the pad. [via engadget ]

Writing sentences with a red ball

Monday, April 27th, 2009

This video shows how you can combine Dasher, a clever text entry program, with RoboRealm, a clever machine vision program to write a sentence using a Red Ball and a WebCam. You do this without touching the PC! This could be used on a Wii, XBox or PS3 to control a browser.   [YouTube ...

Dasher – Single Finger Alternative Text Input

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

A video demo of Dasher. A single finger interface that allows you to enter text without a keyboard. Dasher is free software, and it works in all languages, and on many platforms.   Keyboards are inefficient for two reasons: they do not exploit the redundancy in normal ... all » language; and they ...

Ergodex customisable input system now for Mac

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

  [caption id="attachment_377" align="alignleft" width="194" caption="ergodex customisable input device"][/caption] When I heard about this Ergodex customisable keyboard on a podcast I immediately thought it would have uses in Assistive Technology circles and yes, they do already have information on such application of the device. As it happens, this device has been around a ...

Puff activated kick pedal mod for Guitar Hero

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_332" align="alignnone" width="290" caption="{puff switch for gh}"][/caption]Ben Heck has modded the kick pedal on the drums of guitar hero so it can be operated by puff of the mouth by someone who uses a wheelchair.   Ben shows exactly how he went about the awesome mod over on his blog in ...

Puff – Blow Concept for phone interaction.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Interesting idea. A first-thought is in the future this would be a way around the 'voice-command' dialing barrier that exists with most devices currently, where you're expected to push a button then talk. A "puff-talk" action would work as a 'complete' hands free dialing alternative. [Pantech IM-] via ubergizmo