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This is navigation technology for PC or Laptop that will enable the client’s access to software and internet connectivity. Clients with conditions like cerebral palsy, locked in syndrome or Muscular Dystrophy can benefit from its innovation. This will lessen the ‘digital divide’ which is defined as the unevenness of spreading of access to technology. With practice the technology will allow clients to communicate directly with therapists enabling them to directly identify any issues or possible goals they may have had difficulty expressing before
It comes in the physical form of a webcam located above (and fixed to) the monitor. It is directed at the user and allows them to control the cursor with slight head movements. A reflective dot is fixed to a head strap, cap or glasses (if the client is required to wear them). This enables users with decreased upper limb ability to freely use PC’s or laptops. The Sip and Puff switch allows users to control the left and right click features of the mouse by either sipping (inhaling) or puffing (exhaling). Both features require the minimum of movement and exertion. This technology will also be of enormous benefit for clients with spinal injury, brain injury and CVA. The purchase price is $499.
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