Camera-Based Interfaces and Assistive Software for People with Sever Motion Impairments
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Citation (published version)Betke, Margrit. "Camera-based Interfaces and Assistive Software for People with Severe Motion Impairments", Technical Report BUCS-TR-2008-025, Computer Science Department, Boston University, October 1, 2008. [Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/1718]
Intelligent assistive technology can greatly improve the daily lives of people with severe paralysis, who have limited communication abilities. People with motion impairments often prefer camera-based communication interfaces, because these are customizable, comfortable, and do not require user-borne accessories that could draw attention to their disability. We present an overview of assistive software that we specifically designed for camera-based interfaces such as the Camera Mouse, which serves as a mouse-replacement input system. The applications include software for text-entry, web browsing, image editing, animation, and music therapy. Using this software, people with severe motion impairments can communicate with friends and family and have a medium to explore their creativity.