Eye-blink controlled computer mouse: design and evaluation

  • S. Viljoen Department Elektriese, Elektroniese en Rekenaaringenieurswese, Universiteit van Pretoria
  • T. Hanekom Department Elektriese, Elektroniese en Rekenaaringenieurswese, Universiteit van Pretoria
  • P. J. Cilliers Hermanus Magnetiese Observatorium

Abstract

Physically disabled people who do not have the use of their limbs have difficulty operating a computer, since they cannot use a mouse. In this article the design, implementation and evaluation of an eye-blink controlled computer mouse to be used by handicapped people are described. Detection of voluntary blinks is established by the reflection of infrared light from the skin on the side of the eye, while involuntary blinks are ignored. This enables people who do not have the use of their limbs to operate a computer. All the functions of a PS2 mouse are emulated.

Published
2004-09-23
Section
Original Research