Dec 12, 2009

Open Source eViacam head mouse lets you control your computer with your head, or your finger in the air

Also posted on the TechPsych blog

I just downloaded and tried eViacam, an open-source head mouse software, and found it to work accurately and smoothly.  I used the software on my HP TouchSmart PC, which has an embedded video camera.  eViacam also works with USB webcams.  You can download eViacam from Sourceforge. It is released under the GNU/GPL license.

Although this software is very useful for people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and ALS, it looks like it could be useful for anyone.  For example, the software can track your finger as you move it in the air, and it comes with an on-screen keyboard that you can turn on or off.

By the way, one of the videos I watched on YouTube was of someone playing a game with this system. I'd like to know what games it could support!

How to Control Your Mouse with Your Head (Face) Or Your Finger

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-Cesar Mauri Loba,  Universitat Rovira i Virgili

eViacam's future most likely will depend on donations, as this software was developed to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.  You can donate to eViacam using PayPal.

Cesar Mauri Loba, eViacam Researcher
CREA Sistemes Informatics
"eViacam  is being developed using wxWidgets and opencv1 and runs on Linux and MS Win."

1 comment:

eurotech said...

nice info. ill try later