Smyle Mouse, the next-gen head controlled mouse software, was recently exhibited at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, FL. The exhibit had a live demo of Smyle Mouse for passersby to try. Users enjoyed using the Smyle Mouse head mouse to paint with Microsoft Paint, play Angry Birds or to type with Microsoft Word, all without using their hands, mouse or voice. With Smyle Mouse, one can move the mouse pointer using gentle head motions and click the mouse using facial gestures.
“There’s a fun aspect to using Smyle Mouse,” says Uday Parshionikar, the founder. “You get to smile to click.” The other great aspect of Smyle Mouse is that it works via a standard webcam. That means that the user does not have to put any gadgets on their face or any thing (such as bite or sip-and-puff switches) in their mouth. Therefore Smyle Mouse is comfortable to use and sanitary as well.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), Occupational Therapists (OTs) and AT experts in attendance at the conference were impressed with Smyle Mouse and said it would be a great addition to their tool-chest when helping their patients. They were also excited to hear about the upcoming advanced features, especially for people with complex communication needs.
Smyle Mouse gets rave reviews from its users who frequently have severe physical disabilities related to use of hands. They use Smyle Mouse to be independent and productive. Here’s a demo video created by a user who has paralysis due to Multiple Sclerosis. He is using his computer hands-free, using Smyle Mouse —