HeadBanger:controlling switchable software with head gesture

Oppenheim, Matthew Jeremy (2016) HeadBanger:controlling switchable software with head gesture. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 10 (1). pp. 2-10. ISSN 1754-9450

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a novel non-contact method of using head movement to control software without the need for wearable devices. Design/methodology/approach – A webcam and software are used to track head position. When the head is moved through a virtual target, a keystroke is simulated. The system was assessed by participants with impaired mobility using Sensory Software’s Grid 2 software as a test platform. Findings – The target user group could effectively use this system to interact with switchable software. Practical implications – Physical head switches could be replaced with virtual devices, reducing fatigue and dissatisfaction. Originality/value – Using a webcam to control software using head gestures where the participant does not have to wear any specialised technology or a marker. This system is shown to be of benefit to motor impaired participants for operating switchable software.

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Journal of Assistive Technologies
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25 Aug 2016 10:08
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