Tuesday, March 15, 2005

IBM Mouse Aids Trembling Hands

IBM said Monday that it has developed a mouse that compensates for the manual tremors that can plague the elderly.

The new mouse treats the hand tremors as noise, and uses algorithms based on image-stabilization systems used in digital cameras. A mouse based on the proprietary IBM technology will be manufactured by English peripheral manufacturer Montrose Secam Ltd., which is selling the mouse for $99, or 75 pounds, plus shipping.

"Tremor conditions can have a devastating effect on people's lives because they make many simple everyday tasks incredibly difficult - everything from holding a drink, to buttoning a shirt," said Catherine Rice of the International Essential Tremor Foundation, in a statement. "Using a computer mouse is well known for being extremely hard for people with tremors so we're delighted to hear that a technology has been developed to address this problem - we anticipate that it will generate a huge interest with sufferers of the condition."

IBM Mouse Adaptor - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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