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Computer Assisted Tool for people with ALS

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Computer Assisted Tool for people with ALS I want to build a simple and light computer assistance for people with ALS.

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The set up must be very low cost.
User friendly that can be set up easily.
Rigid and tough that can withstand shakes and bumps.
I want to build a simple and light computer assistance for people with ALS. My cousin who was diagnosed with ALS and she is having difficulty talking and moving parts of her body like hands, feet and sometimes head. I found a program named camera mouse that uses web cam as a mouse, this might be a good tool too. I am planning on using a numeric keypad as an input for her that can be mounted on her wheel chair. Your ideas and suggestions are appreciated.

  1. The set up must be very low cost.
  2. User friendly that can be set up easily.
  3. Rigid and tough that can withstand shakes and bumps.

http://www.alsa.org/about-als/facts-you-should-know.html
http://www.cameramouse.org/
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-EyeWriter/
http://eyewriter.org/

Current Task in Progress

  1. For now I have an old spare laptop:
    Core2 duo, 2 GB RAM, no webcam.
  2. I have USB webcam
  3. External numeric Keypad

This is just an idea in progress.

Project Steps

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Where I Need the Most Help

I need all the ideas or if you have created a program that you want to share. Ideas or experiences that you have.

Why I’m Passionate About This Project

My cousin who was diagnosed with ALS and she is having difficulty talking and moving parts of her body like hands, feet and sometimes head. I found a program named camera mouse that uses web cam as a mouse, this might be a good tool too. I am planning on using a numeric keypad as an input for her that can be mounted on her wheel chair. Your ideas and suggestions are appreciated.

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