Control of computer without arm/hand function

Custom modifications make it possible for persons without function in their arms and hands to play computer games

User in front of computer
User in front of computer

Description
The computer is controlled with a head mouse for WiVIK (see associated tip), with an extra sip/puff control with 2 optional functions (see associated tip), a joystick (see associated tip) and a microphone (see associated tip). The user installed the extra sip/puff control and the joystick with his brother’s help.

Users comments
With these controls the user can play almost any game on the market. It took a while for the user to improve his skills, but today he is as fast as it is possible to be. However, WiVIK is not fast enough for him. WiVIK only works in Windows. The user would like to have a keyboard that he can control outside Widows, such as in a game or in DOS. He has been in contact with a Danish company that is developing a mouth keyboard that is controlled with the tip of the tongue; see www.smi.auc.dk/lab/rehab (‘tongue computer interface’). Using a plate that is placed in the palate it is possible to reach up to 40 keys. The user will be a beta tester for the mouth keyboard. He is also considering getting a joystick that is controlled with the tongue.

Made by
The user’s brother

Paid for by
County council (head mouse and WiVik) and user

Whose idea
The user

This tip is from 2007

User with reflector on nose and sip/puff controls
User with reflector on nose and sip/puff controls

Related tips

Extra sip/puff control for computer
Extra sip/puff control for computer
Double sip/puff controls help a person without arm or hand function to play computer games.
Controlling the computer with WiVIK and head mouse
Controlling the computer with WiVIK and head mouse
Using WiVIK and a head mouse a person without arm and hand function can type on the computer.
Joystick to control computer
Joystick to control computer
Custom-designed joystick to control computer games with chin.
Microphone to control computer
Microphone to control computer
The microphone is an alternative method for controlling a computer for persons who do not have arm or hand function to play computer games.
Reflectors for controlling head mouse
Reflectors for controlling head mouse
Reflectors from Panduro Hobby are less expensive and better for controlling the head mouse than the accompanying reflectors.
Computer desk
Computer desk
An adjustable height computer desk is suitable for wheelchair users.
Headset for sip/puff controls
Headset for sip/puff controls
Headset for sip/puff controls to control computer that works well.

Tipsare: Kalle

Kalle lives in an apartment and is studying part time. He was injured in 2001 and has a high tetraplegia (C4). He has personal assistance 24 hours a day, 4 hours a day he has two persons assisting him.