Glassouse – Affordable assistive device lets disabled use mouse with head movements
The Glassouse, an affordable bluetooth mouse that can enable disabled people to use a mouse with computers or other devices is trying to gather support from people on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. It’s worn like glasses, but is actually without any lenses. The glasses can detect head movements to match them with the direction in which user wishes to scroll the cursor. The cursor can follow head movements in any direction including upward and downward directions.
The device is accompanied by a removable and waterproof rubber case. It looks like a microphone, but actually it is meant to simulate a mouse click when user bites it.
According to the developer CEBA, Glassouse looks similar to eyeglasses but includes a 9-axis sensor which makes it possible to move the mouse cursor with user’s head. It comes with a rechargeable 330mAh 3.7v Li-Po CEBA cell. The cell offers about 15 hours backup on a single charge depending upon the usage.
Cursor speed can be calibrated with a reset button, but unfortunately a disabled user would require external assistance to do that. Glassouse supports Windows, OS X and Linux computers along with Android and Windows mobile devices.
Glassouse is meant for people who are suffering with disability due to traumatic brain stroke, brain tumors, spinal cord injury, cervical surgical operations, branchial plexus and peripheral nerve injury. Also it can be used for patients having some shekels after vascular or orthopedic surgical, myopathies, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, shekel of central nervous system infections, amputation, etc.
Interested consumers can pledge one for USD $149 on Indiegogo or can pledge USD $100 to donate GlassOuse to non-profit organizations associated with CEBA.