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

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 naturalpoint.com/trackir(last checked April 2020).

Users comments
Other head mouse option: Headmouse Nano from Rehab Center, Sweden, rehabcenter.se (last checked April 2020).

Software is available that provides auditory feedback for each keystroke, ‘noisy keybord’, see leeos.com (last checked April 2020).

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

Purchased from
Rehab Center, rehabcenter.se (control switch), naturalpoint.com/trackir (head mouse) (last checked April 2020)

Whose idea
The user

Editors comments
For head mouse, see also  and spinalistips.se/en/tip-controlling-the-computer-with-wivik-and-head-mouse

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)

Related tips

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.