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Method and Apparatus to enable motor and sensory impaired people to utilize computer systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012041D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Apr-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Apr-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes a method and an apparatus to enable access to a computer system to people, which suffer from partial motor and sensory paralysis. For the purpose of this document people suffering from partial motor and sensory paralysis will be referred as "the user". Presently the methods utilized to allow access to the user do not provide a high efficiency access in contrast to the apparatus and method described in this disclosure. The device disclosed is designed to provide the user with a highly versatile version of a mouse device, which is controlled by movements of the tongue, yet allowing the person to communicate with the same verbal capabilities as if he/she were not using the device.

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  Method and Apparatus to enable motor and sensory impaired people to utilize computer systems

The device is designed to fit in the user's mouth as a sports mouthpiece would fit. However, the front of the mouthpiece will contain a tracking ball, just like the standard mouse does, but this ball will be controlled by the user's tongue (see Figure1). The device will contain two temporary push buttons like the standard mouse that can be operated by pushing them with the tongue (see Figure 1), so the user can gently push the buttons and select from the software application. The device will communicate with the computer system using a wireless link, therefore allowing the user to have more freedom of movement since he/she is totally detached from the system. See Fig. 2 for device fitting.

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