Excerpt from sci-tech-today.com.
IBM’s assistive mouse adapter filters out the shaking movements of the hand in a manner similar to the way camera lens stabilizing systems work. It also can filter out unintended multiple clicking caused by a shaking finger. For the millions of people who suffer from a form of tremor condition, such as Parkinson’s, using a computer mouse is anything but easy.
The assistive mouse adapter was invented by IBM researcher Jim Levine after he saw his uncle, a Parkinson’s sufferer, struggle with using a computer mouse. “I knew that there must be a way to improve the situation for him and other tremor sufferers around the world, including the elderly,” says Levine.
The device is plugged in between the computer and the mouse and can be adjusted depending on the tremor severity. It can also filter out unintended multiple clicking caused by a shaking finger. It filters out the shaking movements of the hand in a similar way to the stabilising systems of many camera lenses. It may look simple, but for millions of people, the assistive mouse adapter may be a mechanical miracle.