This project resulted in the development of a mouth-controlled input device for people who could not manipulate a standard computer mouse.
The Jouse was developed as an alternative to a standard computer mouse for people with limited or no functional hand control. The Jouse provides complete mouse emulation, including button control via a sip and puff pneumatic sensor. A novel “bite-switch” built into the Jouse mouthpiece allows the user to direct sip and puff actions to control either mouse buttons or enter text into a computer application using Morse code. In Morse mode, the sip and puffs correspond to dots and dashes that are converted to text using a software program such as EZMorse. Compusult, a well-known assistive device supplier, licensed the technology and currently manufactures and distributes the Jouse II in North America.
Information Science and Technology Agency, Science Council of British Columbia.