Controlling the computer with head mouse and external mouse click

Computer assistive device for people with impaired hand function who type with a head mouse and manage the mouse contact with an external control switch

Computer with on-screen keyboard and keyboard control switch on Kalix brace
Computer with on-screen keyboard and keyboard control switch on Kalix brace

Description
The user types on the computer with a head mouse and on-screen keyboard (see related tip). The mouse click is operated with an external control switch that is attached with adhesive Velcro on an angled brace made of plastic, called a “Kalix brace”, which holds a control switch in the upright position. The device is attached to the table with self-adhesive Velcro.

Head mouse model: Trackir, see also www.naturalpoint.com/trackir/ (last checked May 2017).

Users comments
Other head mouse option: Headmouse extreme from Rehab Center, Sweden, www.rehabcenter.se (last checked May 2017).

Software is available that provides auditory feedback for each keystroke, ‘noisy keybord’, see www.leeos.com/noisy_keyboard.html (last checked May 2017).

Made by
Occupational therapist Talkraft, Rehab Station Stockholm (Kalix brace)

Purchased from
Rehab Center, www.rehabcenter.se (control switch), www.naturalpoint.com/trackir/ (head mouse) (last checked May 2017)

Whose idea
The user

Editors comments
For head mouse, see also www.spinalistips.se/tips-custom-modification-to-control-computer-with-head–en-179.html and https://spinalistips.se/tips-controlling-the-computer-with-wivik-and-head-mouse-en-648.html

This tip is from 2011

User presses on control switch attached to Kalix brace
User presses on control switch attached to Kalix brace
Kalix brace with control switch (close-up)
Kalix brace with control switch (close-up)

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On-screen keyboard
On-screen keyboard
Downloadable on-screen keyboard that works in many different languages - suitable for people with extensive disabilities.

Tipsare: Anonym 1

The person lives together with his wife and an child in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1975 and has a high tetraplegia (C5). Through hand surgery his grip function improved in both hands. He has personal assistance 7 hours a day.