Whilst many computer users take the mouse for granted, anyone who suffers with hand tremors finds it an extremely difficult device to use. Precise movements and static double-clicking are actions that anyone with unsteady hands and fingers can find well-nigh impossible, thus restricting them from the full potential of PCs.
To meet this need, IBM have developed an adapter that sits between a conventional PS2 mouse and the PC. Based on the ‘steadycam’ technology commonly used in video cameras to stabilise a picture, shaky hand movements are filtered out. The sensitivity of the adapter can be adjusted to the needs of the user.
The adapter is manufactured by the British electronics company Motrose Secam. Their products page gives more information about how the system works and how it can be configured.
A USB version of the device is under development, which should mean that it will be compatible with newer Apple Mac modelsâ€”which have never used the PS2 hardware formatâ€”as well as being hot-pluggable. The system does not work well with laptop PCs as it interferes with their built-in tracking hardware.
The Assistive Mouse Adapter retails at UKÂ£65 ($99.00 US/Canada/Rest of the world).
Can you please give me any information on US suppliers for this product. If you have some in the Gainesville Florida area it would be helpful.
Ok, only IBM would build a bit of physical hardware to do this! Everyone else would just code it.
If you have tremors, you can install this handy little app which stops ultra-fast doubleclicks being registered, either from tremors, or a dodgy left mouse button. http://www.danieljackson.co.uk/fun/old/ down at the bottom of the page.