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    • MOUSES
    • INTEGRA MOUSE INTEGRAMOUSE allows people to manage every mouse functions through the use of mouth. it's composed by a spout which could be used like a joystick. Right and left clicks are performed puffing into the spout. 1900 euro
    • This is a trackball originally designed for children. The sphere has a diameter of 8 cm thus it requires less stress to rotate than other trackballs on the market. 105 EURO The website in which i found this tools says this is THE joystick for disabled people. 399 euro It’s composed by a riliable, accurate and robust trackball. The tools is also equipped with a removable shield to help people with problem in controlling their forearm 275 EURO
    • Button mouse. Ideal for people not able to use a mouse but able to operate on 5 different buttons This is a stabilizing structure to help people to use mouses. It’s designed in particular for people who have rough or trembling hands movements It’s composed by a joystick or a shaft and can be used by hands or other parts of the body like the chin
    • MOUSE’S EMULATORS
    • EyeTech Quick Glance 2 This tools substitutes the mouse during the use of computer. Mouse pointer is moved looking to the point on the screen where you want to move it. Clicks are executed through the movement of the lashes, a hardware button or simply eying to the point in which the mouse pointer is. The software is executed in background letting the patient to use every kind of windows application he wants.
      • System requirements - Pentium 800 MHz or bettere
      • - A FireWire port - Windows 98/XP
      • Tracking method
      • Video, pupil, infrared lighting.
      • Accuracy: - 1 degree
      • Time resolution: - Configurable till 30 samples per second (it depends on the product model considered)
      • System setup: - For desktop computers lights are mounted in front of the monitor. - For notebook computer lights are mounted on a specific basement located on the keyboard. The IR lights are connected on the back of the notebook and they are directed towards the user
      • - The user doesn’t wear any kind of tools
      • Trackable head’s movements:
      • user’s eye has to remain into the camera’s field of view
      • IR lighting: - the source of IR light is a LED (the wavelenght is 880 nm) - The illumination of the user’s eye in standard conditions is less than 0.5 mw/cm^2
      • Calibration: - The software shows 16 targets on the screen that the user has to point one after the other.
      • - The calibration is performed only once and it’s used in the next working sessions. - It’s possible to save configurations for each user.
    • FaceMOUSE • What is FaceMOUSE? What does it do? “ FaceMOUSE” is a software which moves mouse pointer through user’s body movements. It’s possible to use movements of different parts of the body, from head to legs. It uses only a simple and economic webcam • What is the innovation? The main innovation is that is the system which adapts itself to the person (having the capability to use different body movements) and not the contrary like the vast majority of the other products on the market. • Who has experimented FaceMOUSE? FaceMOUSE was tested with a group of guys with important motor diseases and it got good results
    • EyesWeb The EyesWeb research project aims at exploring and developing models of interaction by extending music language toward gesture and visual languages, with a particular focus on the understanding of affect and expressive content in gesture . EyesWeb has been designed with a special focus on the analysis and processing of expressive gesture in movement,  midi, audio, and music signals. It was the basic platform of the EU-IST Project MEGA and it has been employed in many artistic performances and interactive installations. However, use of EyesWeb is not limited to performing arts. Museum installations, entertainment, edutainment, therapy and rehabilitation are just some of a wide number of different application domains that can benefit of using it. For example, EyesWeb has been adopted as standard in other EU IST projects such as MEDIATE and CARE HERE in the therapy and rehabilitation field, and EU TMR MOSART. In the EU Sixth Framework Program it has been adopted as standard in the IST TAI-CHI project and it is employed in the HUMAINE and ENACTIVE Networks of Excellence. EyesWeb users include universities, public and private research centers, companies, and private users. EyesWeb consists of a number of integrated hardware and software modules which can be easily interconnected and extended. The EyesWeb software includes a development environment and a set of libraries of reusable software components (blocks) which can be assembled by the user in a visual language to build patches as in common computer music languages inspired to analog synthesizers. A patch can be used as a module in a higher-level patch. 
      • The software runs on Win32 and is based on the Microsoft COM/DCOM standard. It supports Steinberg VST and ASIO, OSC (Open SoundControl), and FreeFrame plugins.
      • Automation support is provided. This let developers to invoke EyesWeb from other languages, such as Microsoft Visual Basic. The execution of a patch can be controlled from external applications. Any scripting language that supports automation can be used for this purpose (e.g., Phyton, VBScript, JavaScript, etc.).
      • Modules include passive modules (e.g., filters) and active modules, e.g., sources and modules with an internal dynamics (i.e., modules which receive inputs as any other module but may send outputs asynchronously with respect to their inputs). 
      • EyesWeb libraries include (since version 2.5):
      • Input:
      • support for frame grabbers (from webcams to professional videocameras), wireless on-body sensors (e.g., accelerometers), audio and MIDI input, serial, network, keyboard, mouse;
      • Math and filters (e.g., operations with scalars and matrices);
      • Imaging (processing and conversions of images)
      • Sound and MIDI Libraries
      • Communication (e.g., MIDI, OSC, TCP/IP, serial, DCOM);
      • Motion Analysis : motion trackers (e.g., feature tracking, tracking of multiple colored blobs), modules for extraction of global features from movement (e.g. amount of detected motion), analysis of the use of the space. 
      • Mapping of extracted features in real-time generation of audio and visual outputs.
      • Output: visual, audio, MIDI, serial, network.
      Free
    • EyeToy Eyetoy is a toy or, better, it’s a plug-in for the PS2 console. It acquires user’s image and use it into games to increase the realism level. The interaction between user and the PS2 is performed through user’s movements. Like other similar systems eyetoy can manage different body’s movements and allows the user to interact with the game also by the means of sound. The quality of the captured image is not so high but it’s enough for the purpose the device is designed for. < 100 euro
    • KEYBOARDS
    • Keyboard with big buttons (239 euro) Keyboard with programmable membrane. The membrane is divided in several rectangular locations; it’s possible to assign functions or letters to every location. It’s possible to configure the keyboard to respond to button pressure with a sound. (310 euro)
      • HELPIKEYS is similar to the last described keyboard
      • It claims to have 5 keyboards in one product.
      • QWERTY keyboard
      • -ABC simplified keyboard
      • Numeric keyboard
      • YES/NO keyboard
      • It’s possible to pass from one keyboard to an other one simply changing the layout paper placed above the sensitive layer. Every layout is automatically recognized by the keyboard.
      • It’s possible to configure the keys activation, the repetition, the activation threshold and the feedback signal to the user (e.g. a sound for every pressed key) Prezzo Euro 490.00
    • TOUCH-SCREEN
    • This is simply a thin sensitive layer that can be placed in front of the monitor to transform it into a touch-screen monitor!! 240 – 470 euro
    • SENSORS
    • This device can sense faint muscolar movements and transform them into electrical signals. The sensor is embedded into a velcro bandage which permits the system to be placed around the head or around the arm. It’s possible to configure the sensor’s sensitivity and the activation threshold The LEAF sensor is composed by a thin metallic shaft with a rigid end covered by a disk made of sponge (which is used to increase the activation surface) When a person applies a force to device’s end, the shaft slightly flex itself. This sensor is suggested only for people able to perform fine head movements. 130 euro. This sensor can be activated puffing or sucking. The most used sensor: a simple colored big button 60 euro.
    • Small sensor for people with good motor abilities. It can be activated pressing on its surface. It can provide tactile or sound feedback 55 euro. This sensor is activated through the movement (in every direction) of its gummy end. It’s suggest for people with weak or uncontrolled motor abilities 140 euro. This sensor is activated grasping and pressing its soft surface. 130 euro Mercury sensor. It can be used varying the position of 5 degrees in respect to the horizontal position. It’s suitable to be fixed to person’s head or hand 70 euro.
    • Sound sensor It uses a small microphone to sense sounds. The emitted sounds can vary from loud sounds to faint sounds. Sounds can come from the mouth or the nose. The microphone can be placed in contact with user’s neck or in front of the mouth. System sensitivity is completely configurable. IR sensor It’s composed by an emitter/detector of IR signals and an electronic circuit. It’s sensible to the movement of every reflective object near the emitter/detector. It can sense lashes movements too. The emitter is designed to be mounted on glasses’ frame. 385 euro. + This switch is equipped with a cord which can be hooked to the hand or to a finger and can be activated simply pulling the cord
    • It’s able to reveal the level of humidity. This feature makes possible for the user to interact with the system with the tongue
    • COMMUNICATORS
    • ChatBox is a symbolic communicator which allows people to communicate through pre-recorded messages which are assigned to each button. Every button is marked with pictures strictly related to the associated message. It’s possible to combine two buttons in order to increase the number of available messages. Of course this feature should be used only by people with not important memory diseases. There are several ways to let the invalid person selects the button. One possibility is to let him the complete liberty to select the button he wants. An other possibility is that the system performs a scan through all the buttons (it illuminates all the buttons in sequence) and the person only has to click a button when the desired message is selected. 720 euro
    • This is the same concept of the last tools presented but it can be worn around the wrist like a watch. 99 euro
    • SOFTWARE
    • Click&Zoom This software can be used with people with reduced view or not completely blind people. It permits to zoom a part of the screen in order to help people with difficulties in looking small objects.
    • BOARDMAKER is a software to create tables, layouts for communicator like the ones presented in the relative part of this presentation. It contains thousands of picture specifically designed for invalid people. 498 euro. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 9 is a famous software which allows people to create almost every kind of documents only using their voice!! It’s very simple and intuitive to use. 179 euro (light version)
    • This software permits not only to communicate with other people but also to control a domotic house. One of the key-points of this product is the simplicity of using and configuring it. It’s easy to use also for non IT skilled people. The unique requirement for the user is that he should be able to perform at least one movement. 299 euro
    • Loquendo TTS® is a cutting-edge voice synthesizer by LOQUENDO (Research Center of Telecom Italia Group ) Using it combined with a screen reader it’s possible to vocalize and explore everything which appears on the screen of a windows PC. The vocal output is an high quality signal, very similar to human voice. There are several voices available: male and female voices in different languages (italian, english, U.S. english, french, german, spanish…)
    • TELEPHONY
    • This is an improved telephonic device for invalid or elderly people. It’s equipped with an amplifying system for people with medium or serious earing impairment Besides there’re 9 additional big buttons, all of which are programmable and identified by pictures 99 EURO.
    • IPOVISION
    • Screen reader for Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP It allows to simply use windows applications, to navigate on internet, to control the mail. It supports very well also Power Point and Acrobat Reader. It recognizes text and graphics typical of microsoft windows like icons, dialogue windows, the buttons, menus and other controls and it transfers the available info to the vocal synthesizer and to braille peripherals. Navigare in Internet con Hal Con Hal, leggere una pagina web diventa facile come leggere un documento di testo. Il Focus Virtuale permette di navigare in Internet senza usare il mouse. Hal legge automaticamente le etichette delle immagini e i contenuti delle tabelle e dei frame. This is a braille display. It has been optimized to increase the facility of using. It can be connected to pc via bluetooth thus without the need of cables. It’s light and compact thus it’s easy to transport.