Control of computer with external keyboard

Scanning keyboard and head mouse – a method for persons who do not have hand/arm function to control the computer

Scanning keyboard next to the computer screen
Scanning keyboard next to the computer screen

Description
The user mainly controls his computer with a scanning external keyboard and head mouse. He points to the individual letter or symbol with the head mouse and then presses the button to confirm (sip and puff control). The head mouse and confirm button are on the headset (see associated tip).
An easily accessible button sits on the desk. The button lets him choose between controlling the computer with the head mouse or with the typing sticks, see associated tip.

Users comments
WiVik, a software application with the keyboard on the screen, can be used instead of an external keyboard, www.wivik.com (last checked March 2017) or other on-screen keybords, like www.onscreenkeys.com (last checked March 2017). Anders chose an external keyboard, since he works with design and needs the full real estate of the computer screen for that purpose.

Paid for by
Hjälpmedelcentralen (assistive device center)

Editors comments
The Temac external keyboard for Macintosh, which the user has, is no longer available. However, external keyboards are available for windows-based computers: THOT from Olinder & Westerberg AB, www.ow.se/dokhtm/thot_1.htm (last checked March 2017) and Lucy, from Key tools, www.keytools.co.uk/product.php?productid=16173&cat=249&page=1 (last checked March 2017). Macintosh users today could use a two-screen setup or one large screen.

This tip is from 2007

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Tipsare: Anders

Anders lives together with his partner in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1989 and has a high spinal cord injury (C4-5). He has personal assistance.