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Head, Mouth and Eye Controls
Head, Mouth and Eye Controls

The following list details a number of different styles of head, mouth and eye operated controllers. Most of these are for PCs and Apple computers, but there are alternatives for games consoles too. Some of these devices are very expensive, so it is always worth trying to track down some way of trying before you buy.
Please feel free to e-mail for help on anything that is unclear, and to offer any new accessible gaming discoveries.


  Brain Control

 

 

Brain Control. Profile photo of a woman wearing an Emotiv headset on her head.

 

There are a number of devices available in this field.
The simplest to set-up are the Neurosky range of headsets. See Myndplay for the most comfortable Neurosky based headset.
Less convenient to set up and learn, but more sensitive are the Emotiv headsets.
  Camera Mouse

 

 

Free Camera Mouse for PC

 

From Camera Mouse (FREE)

Camera Mouse is a free program that allows you to control the mouse pointer on a Windows computer just by moving your head. Clicking can be done by making the mouse pointer dwell over a spot on the screen.
  HAPP

 

 

HAPP100 Huff And Puff Processor 100 - sip and puff PC controller

 

The Celtic Magic Huff And Puff Processor 100 (HAPP100) is an advanced breath operated PC controller.
This device allows for fine control over a mouse to control a PC.
  Head Mounted Switches

 

 

Head Mounted Switches

 

There are a huge range of switches that can be positioned on or around the head. These include:
Chin switch; SCATIR switch (for very small movements); Sound operated switch; Piezo switches (for very small movements); Sensa Switch; Sip-puff switches.

For more on switches and mounting systems, see the Switch section.
  HeadMouse Extreme

 

 

Origin HeadMouse Extreme.

 

From Origin Instruments (USA)

A very easy to set-up head-tracker for PCs and Macs with an excellent mounting system and switch access.
  Head Pointer

 

 

Head Pointer

 

From QED

A low-tech solution, although this one is quite pricey.
  Integra Mouse

 

 

Integra Mouse.

 

From Tash (USA)

Another expensive but high-quality looking mouth controller for PCs and Macs. See this SpecialEffect video for info on Xbox 360 and PS3 compatibility.
  Jouse2 - Mouth Control

 

 

Jouse2 - Mouth Control

 

From Compusult

An expensive but high-quality looking mouth controller for PCs and Macs. Has the facility to enter text via sip-puff morse-code!
  Natural Point Head Trackers

 

 

Natural Point Head Trackers

 

From Natural Point

The SmartNAV 3 tracks a silver-dot that can be placed on the forehead, a pair of glasses, or a hat. This movement is then transferred to the mouse pointer. PC only.
It can be used with external switches, voice clicking or the supplied dwell clicker. It can also be used with Track Mapper to make this compatible with many keyboard accessible games.
  Quad Controller

 

 

Quad Controller

 

From KY Enterprises

A fully compatible sip and puff controller for the Playstation 2, Xbox, Xbox360 and other machines using adapters. See also QuadStick.

  QuadJoy - Mouth Control

 

 

QuadJoy

 

From QuadJoy

Another fairly pricey but professional device for mouth control of a PCs and Macs. Use the in-built sip/puff control to trigger mouse clicks.
  TetraMouse

 

 

TetraMouse

 

From TetraLite Products

A versatile and cheaply priced head-controller for USB equipped PCs and Macs. This unit can be adapted for use with the tongue too.
See the TetraMouse comparison page for more on this device, as well as many other head controlled devices.
  Tobii Eye Trackers

 

 

Tobii Eye Tracker

 

From Tobii Technology

Eye Tracking technology that can open up a computer to a person able to move their eyes in a deliberate and focussed way. PC.
  Voice Control

 

 

Voice Recognition.

 

Guide From AbilityNet

Can aid with some games requiring typed or spoken instructions. Can also aid dyslexic gamers. PC and Mac. See also GlovePie and Vocola and DWVAC.com and Dragon Gaming.
  Wii Head Control

 

 

Voice Recognition.

 

From Broadened Horizons

Head mounted Wii-remote with switch accessible adaptation.
  Assistive Software

 

 

Dream Gamer

 

Software utilities for PCs and Macs to aid head-gaming.
  Wanted

 

 

Wanted Accessible Gaming Equipment.

 

Most Wanted list for Accessible Gaming Gear. Features the OneSwitch wish list, and other individual's unfulfilled wants.

  Lomak

 

 

Lomak - light controlled keyboard.

 

Out of Production: Lomak

An unusual light activated controller using a laser and specialised keyboard for PCs.



Related Accessible Gaming Links

Ability Net - is a UK charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

Ace Centre - have a great guide to alternative mouse pointers, including web-cam and ultra-sonic based interfaces.

Axistive - Useful links to Sip and Puff products and information.

COGAIN.org - Communication by Gaze Interaction. Much useful information for eye-tracker users.

Game-Accessibility - Focusing on the accessibility of electronic games for gamers with disabilities. See the Head-Tracker Games forum for compatible video games.

Simmunity - Have created a tongue-pointer controlled Game Boy Advance in the past, and may be able to take on new related projects.


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