MASON, Ohio, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Perceptive Devices LLC announced today a worldwide, multi-year partnership agreement with Tobii Dynavox (a business unit of Tobii AB) to bring a new generation of hands-free and voice-free control for those with physical difficulties. This partnership gives users of Tobii Dynavox’s products a new option to control their devices using only eye gaze and gentle smiles, without the use of hands, voice, mouse, keyboard or adaptive switches.
Perceptive Devices’ award-winning head mouse and gesture control technology allows users to achieve mouse control in a completely hands-free, touch-free, and voice-free fashion. Their software product, Smyle Mouse, tracks users’ head motions and facial gestures via a simple webcam and translates them into mouse commands for precise and responsive mouse control. A user can initiate a click, scroll, or drag by simply smiling. Users can also use the smile gesture as a novel access method to exercise switch control over their AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) software and devices.
“Our technology can be very useful to millions of people around the world who experience difficulties in using their hands due to disabilities such as spinal cord injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Cerebral Palsy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” said Uday Parshionikar, Founder and CEO of Perceptive Devices LLC. “Pairing our facial expressions based head mouse control with Tobii’s gold standard eye tracking technology is a match made in heaven for users looking for a simple yet powerful hands-free and voice-free control solution.”
Tobii AB is the global leader in eye tracking. Tobii Dynavox makes specially designed computers that are controlled by eye movement or touch screens for use by people with special needs. Tobii Dynavox will start including a full version of Smyle Mouse on all its I-Series products (such as I-15+ and I-12+ products) in Q3 2017. A trial version of Smyle Mouse will be included with its Indi products as well as bundled with its standalone eye tracking peripherals in a similar timeframe.
To get a 14 days free trial of Smyle Mouse, the next-gen head mouse software, visit https://smylemouse.com and click the “Start Free Trial” button.
Perceptive Devices LLC is a Mason, Ohio company that provides patented and patent pending technology for hands-free and voice-free control of electronics devices. Their technology can be used to control traditional computing devices (such as desktop PC’s, laptops and tablets), smart phones, as well as Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices such as smart glasses, using a combination of head motions, facial expressions, and eye gaze. Their Smyle Mouse software product is the next-generation in head mouse technology that allows hands-free and voice-free control of Microsoft Windows devices via a regular web-cam.
Perceptive Devices was recognized as a winner by the CEA (CTA) Foundation as part of their “Technology That Improves Lives” contest in 2015. The Smyle Mouse head mouse software won the People’s Choice Award at the RESNA 2017 conference. Their US Patent #9,013,264 (“Multipurpose controller for electronic devices, facial expressions management and drowsiness detection”) is highly cited in the field of gesture control and Augmented / Virtual / Mixed Reality.
We are happy to announce that Smyle Mouse software (the next-gen head mouse) was voted the winner in “Tech I Can Start Using Today”category by hundreds of professionals and experts in the field of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology assembled at the RESNA 2017.
Perceptive Devices Releases Smyle Mouse Version 1.2 for Hands-free Head Mouse Control via Face Gestures
Smyle Mouse Version 1.2 improves lives by delivering hands-free, touch-free and voice-free computer control via gentle head motions and facial expressions for use by people with disabilities. Underlying gestures can also be used for hands-free control of Augmented / Virtual / Mixed Reality devices and applications.
MASON, Ohio, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Perceptive Devices, which provides patented and award winning technology in the field of Human Computer Interaction, today announced the latest release of its head and face gesture mouse control software, the Smyle Mouse.
“I lost the use of my arms about two years ago so whenever I used the computer I needed assistance. Obviously, my productivity decreased dramatically, impacting not only my career but my family life as well. Before Smyle Mouse, I only spent about 30 minutes a day on my laptop, but now, I can use my laptop over nine hours a day without assistance,” said Jeff Nicklas, USA.
Smyle Mouse allows users to achieve mouse control in a completely hands-free, touch-free and voice-free fashion. It tracks the user’s head motions and facial gestures via a simple webcam and translates them into mouse commands for precise and responsive mouse control. A user can initiate a click, scroll or drag by simply smiling. Such hands-free head mouse control can be very useful to millions of people around the world who experience difficulties in using their hands due to disabilities such as spinal cord injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS and carpal tunnel syndrome. The latest release (version 1.2) incorporates multiple improvements allowing for increased user productivity as well as for customization of the Smyle Mouse experience. The software is designed for devices running Microsoft Windows Operating System (versions 7 and above). Users can try it for free for 14 days by visiting the website https://SmyleMouse.com.
Augmented / Virtual / Mixed Reality (AR/VR/MR) devices can also utilize Perceptive Devices’ head and face gestures for a wide variety of applications ranging from industrial maintenance, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, security, defense to medical/surgical applications in order to increase productivity and safety. The technology allows AR/VR/MR devices to sense users’ head motions and facial expressions via simple, small sensors embedded in those devices, thereby providing hands-free, touch-free and voice-free control to their users.
About Perceptive Devices
Perceptive Devices LLC is based in Mason, Ohio, USA. The company has been performing research and development in the field of Human Computer Interaction for last 6 years, with a specialization in development of gestures that are performable without the use of hands or arms.
Perceptive Devices has already been granted a highly cited US Patent and has multiple additional patents pending. Their gesture control technology also won the “Technology That Improves Lives” award based on a contest organized by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA/CTA) Foundation in 2015. This technology is now available for licensing in consumer as well as enterprise devices and applications, including AR/VR/MR.
Perceptive Devices was honored to be selected to exhibit/demo our technology at the Innovation Alley at TEDx Cincinnati event on June 16, 2016. We demoed Smyle Mouse, the next gen in head mouse assistive technology at the event, and were very encouraged by the response.
Happy to announce that Smyle Mouse head mouse is now available for FREE trial or purchase!
Smyle Mouse head mouse software provides hands-free computer access to people with dexterity difficulties due to conditions such as Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Stroke, Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and other conditions. Complete mouse control can be achieved via gentle head motions and simple facial expressions such as smiles. The head motions and facial expressions are captured by a regular webcam; no fancy 3D or infrared cameras required.
Smyle Mouse.: People with limited physical ability can manipulate the mouse with a smile and small head movements. These are tracked by a webcam so the user can click, scroll, and even click and drag in order to read accessible text. See a video..
LAS VEGAS — Over the past several years, we’ve seen all kinds of gesture-control software that lets you navigate around a computer desktop by waving your hands in front of a webcam. But what if you don’t have use of your hands? Smyle Mouse, an upcoming Windows head mouse software from startup Perceptive Devices, lets users control the mouse pointer and click, drag or even right-click items with simple facial movements.
Perceptive Devices LLC was chosen one of the winners at the First CEA Foundation “Tech that Improves Lives Video Contest”!
As they say, what is good for the disabled is often good for everyone. In that vein, our hands-free mouse control technology can not only help people with dexterity disabilities or impairments, but can also help users of Augmented / Virtual Reality devices in controlling those devices (as well as other devices) in a truly hands-free fashion.
See the official press release from the Consumer Electronics Association published on Oct 14, 2015, here.