Professor Margrit Betke and Professor James Gips from Boston College got the idea in 2000 and it was called EagleEyes. It was actually licensed by Boston College and was distributed commercially for an unknown cost.
Recently with the help of a Computer Science graduate student, Wajeeha Akram, Professors Betke and Gips developed a free version.
Thanks to them, the Camera Mouse 2009 is completely free, a much smaller download, and works with many different types of computers.
“ We are a family of four. What makes us different is that we have a daughter who is three and has cerebral palsy … The best thing that the Camera Mouse System has given us, is watching both of our daughters sharing and playing at something that brings them so much joy and giggles. That is an experience that should not be missed by other families.” -user ’s mother
“ The system is so important in Amanda’s life. It gives her independent access to the computer, which opens so many doors for her… It allows her to participate with her own words and initiate. It allows her to share what she knows… It is a joy to see her use the computer by herself… Computers are the future and for a child with so little independence this gives her so many opportunities. She is thrilled with it as are we.” -user’s mother
Where can I learn more about the Camera Mouse?
For frequently asked questions and more general information about the Camera Mouse go to cameramouse.org
For a video demonstration of using an on screen keyboard with the Camera Mouse go to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8yZq7qnpfY
Betke, M., Gips, J., & Fleming, P. (2000). The camera mouse: Preliminary investigation of automated visual tracking for computer access. Retrieved October 16, 2008, from Boston College, Computer Science Department. cameramouse.org/CMRESNA.pdf.
Betke, M., Gips, J., & Fleming, P. (2002). The Camera Mouse: visual tracking of body features to provide computer access for people with severe disabilities. Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering , 10 (1), 1-10.
Betke, M., Magee,J., Scott, M., & Waber, B. (2004, June). EyeKeys: A Real time vision interface based on gaze detection from a low- grade video camera. Paper presented at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshop.
Gips, J. (n.d.). About, Frequently asked questions . Retrieved October 16, 2008, from cameramouse.org
Pictures used with permission from Professor James Gips, Boston College.