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Adaptive software for head-operated computer controls

IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2004 Mar;12(1):102-11
LoPresti EF, Brienza DM.
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

Head-operated computer controls provide an alternative means of computer access for people with disabilities who are unable to use a standard mouse.

However, a person's disability may limit his or her neck movements as well as upper extremity movements.

Software was developed which automatically adjusts the interface sensitivity to the needs of a particular user.

This adaptive software was evaluated in two stages.

First, 16 novice head-control users with spinal-cord injury or multiple sclerosis used head controls with and without the adaptive software.

The adaptive software was associated with increased speed in standardized icon selection exercises (p < 0.05).

A small increase in accuracy was also observed.

In addition, five current head-control users evaluated the software in a real-world setting.

One of these five subjects perceived an improvement in comparison to his current head-control system.