This product connects to the USB port of either PC or other devices and getsrecognized as a Human Interface Device or Mouse. Each activation of the de-
vice is recognized as a ―Click‖ of a mouse button.
It works well in conjunction with a software called HOPE, where the cursorblock moves over a set of letters. When the device is activated as the cursormoves over the letter, it selects the letter. (
We willtalk about HOPE in a later issue
Ownership of Technology:
IIT Chennai (its Socially Relevant Product Scheme) + Chetana Trust (run by Prof Anil Prabhakar and his wife )
The product can be made and sold @ less than INR 750/-. (US$ 15). This makes it one of the most affordable devicesin this segment.Since there are practically
NO MOVING COMPONENTS,
this overcomes one of the most critical failure issues of theconventional and costly jelly bean switches
which break down quickly under rough treatment.Due to the form factor and touch-less characteristics, this can be fitted at different places/ angles on the wheelchairs, etc to provides convenient access to the client.Touch-less means no pressure needs to be applied on the switch
this could mean immense savings in energy andless fatigue.
Uniqueness of this product:
It acts as a touch-less interface. This product recognizes if an object is brought closer to the antenna surface. It senses thisand generates a click. This click can be generated either when the object comes closer or moves away. The distance atwhich the object can be sensed is also controllable. This mouse click is used to select various options on a corresponding platform which uses single click for selection.
This product is useful for people with severe muscular and mobility limitations. Especially, many people affected by Cere-bral Palsy have even their restricted to mobility limited some specific parts of their body
for example, head, feet, knees,etc. These people cannot operate even the Jelly Bean switches normally used by people with muscular disabilities to inter-act with computers.For example, in one case in Chennai, this is fixed to the headrest of a Wheel Chair
the girl activates the mouse a by mov-
ing her head…(
Incidentally, she has completed B.Com and is doing her Chartered Accountancy course! How is that for
fully assembled andready for operation