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Comparisons for 6 Families of Hands-Free Mice
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Lip/chin JoysticksWearable Sensors
Wearable Target Trackers
Webcam Face Trackers
Eye TrackersSpeech Recognition
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ConsiderationsIntegraMouse+
Jouse3
QuadJoy
BJOY Chin
TetraMouse XA2
GlassOuse 1.2
Quha Zono
EnPathia
eeZee Switch
ED Air Mouse
TrackerPro
HeadMouse Nano
SmartNAV 4:AT
AccuPoint
SmyleMouse
ViVo Mouse
Camera Mouse
Enable Viacam
iTracker
Tobii PCEye Plus
Tobii PCEye Mini
Tobii 4C
Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Windows Speech Recognition
Mac OS X Dictation
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1. Cursor ControlJoystick controlled with
chin or lips
User-worn sensorUser-worn target tracked by optical sensor unitFace or facial feature tracked with computer's webcamEyegaze controlSpoken commands
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Typical body site usedChin or lipsHeadHeadHeadEyeSpeech
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2. Mouse Buttons
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Built-in switchesVariesVaries
spoken commands
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External switch support
interface varies

interface varies

jacks on sensor unit

with add'l switch interface
Varies
with add'l switch interface
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Button software includedVariesVariesVaries
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Built-in dwell supportVariesVaries
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3. Required ComponentsJoystick unitUser-worn sensorUser-worn reflective dotComputer webcamEyetracker unitMicrophone
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Some require softwareSome require softwareSome require softwareSoftware driverSoftware driverSoftware driver
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Some require additional desktop unitSome require additional desktop unitOptical sensor unit
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4. Connections
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Wireless from user to control unitVaries
with desktop microphone
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Free from line-of-sight
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5. Wearable-free
with desktop microphone
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6. Away from faceVaries
with desktop microphone
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7. MountingJoystick mount requiredVariesBracket for mounting sensor unit includedNone with built-in webcamBracket for mounting eyetracker includedFor microphone
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8. CompatibilityUSB Plug and PlayVariesVariesVariesWindowsVaries
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9. Tasks
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Precise control/drawing*HarderHarderNot suitable
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10. Potential for Independent UseVaries
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11. Portable / TransferableVariesVaries
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12. Robustness
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Independent of lighting conditions
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Independent of acoustic conditions
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Battery-freeVariesVaries
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13. Cognitive Load*HarderHarderHarder
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* Subjective impressions of how a typical user might experience this type of device.
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"Varies" means that specific devices within this family vary on whether or not they support the feature.
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From kpronline.com/blog/your-guide-to-25-hands-free-mice/
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Prepared by Heidi Koester, Nov 2018. Koester Performance Research, www.kpronline.com
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