September 30, 2019

Hogan VanSickle (Law Student), United States [Spinal Cord Injury]

I never thought I would say a computer mouse changed my life, but it has. I suffered a C5/C6 spinal cord injury in 2016 rendering my hands completely useless. All my life I have been extremely tech savvy and love anything having to do with computers. After my accident I found a couple of computer applications that allowed me to continue using my laptop. It was great to be able to use a computer again, but it was very frustrating to have to use a narrowing grid to select each mouse click. Then a friend told me about Smyle Mouse head controlled mouse software. I downloaded the free trial and I was hooked. The setup was incredibly easy. I just started the software, selected my camera, did a quick calibration and then I was off and running. I can operate my computer up to 400% faster than with the narrowing grid software. Now all I have to do is look where I want to click and smile. All of the settings are completely customizable to accommodate my quickness and accuracy with the software.

Here are just a few of the things the Smyle Mouse head controlled mouse lets me do:

  • Order tickets to a movie without the screen timing out
  • Quickly fill out a lengthy survey
  • Click and drag different windows on the screen
  • Highlights sentences within a block of text
  • Subconsciously improve my mood by always smiling


Screenshot of a Smyle Mouse user in Wheelchair
Ready to compete despite disabilities


The Smyle Mouse has given me the freedom to go back to school and work towards another degree. It has also given me the self-confidence to look for a job and know that I can compete with the other applicants. I have tried many other point and click programs designed for people with disabilities. None of them even come close to the Smyle Mouse. Smyle Mouse’s head control is 10x more accurate and I don’t have to feel embarrassed by putting something on my face for the mouse to track. Not only has the Smyle Mouse given me back my independence, it has also given me hope for a better future. Thank you Smyle Mouse!