October 22, 2019

Smyle Mouse v1.9.8.8 released

The latest and most advanced version of Smyle Mouse hands-free head & face mouse control software (v1.9.8.8) was released in September 2019.  It includes multiple ease of use features and bug fixes.  The key features are as below–

  1. Click only mode — In some situations, users may be able to move the mouse pointer by using their hands to operate a standard computer mouse.  However, they may have difficulty in pressing a mouse button to cause a click.  For example, people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may be able to move the computer mouse using their hands, but may experience pain when trying to press a mouse button when trying to click.  Similarly, certain users with Parkinsons may not be able to hold the mouse steady when trying to do a click using hands.  Such users can now simply smile when to perform a click while continuing to use their hands to move the mouse pointer.  Users can now utilize Smyle Mouse to only perform clicks by choosing the “click” option in the Adaptive Switch mode (in the Mode tab of Settings window).  Note that the Click Options window can be used in this mode as well.  Therefore your smile can be used to do left, right as well as double clicks.
  2. Inadvertent vs. intentional click based on head motion for diverse set of user — Certain users (such as those with Cerebral Palsy) may experience sudden unintentional body motions and facial expressions.  Such unintentional facial gestures should not result in clicks.  Smyle Mouse now provides a way of setting a threshold on head motion (velocity) above which smiles will be ignored for the purpose of causing clicks.  Think about this as a speed limit on the head above which facial gestures will be ignored as unintentional.  This feature can also be useful for preventing click that could occur due to smiles while talking to someone.  See Settings window->Clicking tab->Max Allowable Head Motion At Start of Smile setting.
  3. Large on-screen warnings — Smyle Mouse now show large warnings on the screen when important issues are detected.  E.g., users face is not detected by the webcam or when user’s lips are not clearly detectable probably because their face is turned away from the direction of the camera.  Such warnings can be quite helpful to beginner users.  Note that they can be turned off using the setting in the Preferences tab of the Settings window.