Current device pointing systems, which control the movement of cursors on screens, suffer from several drawbacks which often preclude their use by individuals with special needs or medical conditions. This UCI invention describes a simple, inexpensive “head mouse” that, in combination with proprietary software, tracks the position of the head relative to the body, allowing for full control of a pointing device.
A pointing device, such as a computer mouse or laptop trackpad, is used to control the 2D movement of cursors on computer screens. Due to the fact that many such devices are controlled via hand gestures, they are not easily operated by those suffering from afflictions such as decreased motor control. UCI inventors, by simply tracking head gestures, have made available a prototype of a wireless pointing device that is simple, inexpensive, and comfortable to wear. Furthermore, this wearable device can also be implemented in medical rehabilitation applications, such as posture control.
A functional prototype has already been built and tested with satisfactory results. Future plans include the improvement of mechanical design and the use of the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol for better mouse connectivity to computers. A prototype is being built for a competition in Taiwan, end-July 2017.