The Tobii REX is a new eye tracking peripheral for the computer that was shown at CES. It works by following the the direction that the user’s eyes are gazing and moves the mouse cursor accordingly. And it works pretty well, as you can see in the video below. It could be a great tool for people that have very limited use of the rest of their body, such as those with ALS. And the fact that they’re aiming to sell it to general computer users will help bring the price down. It seems limited in that it requires a second input device such as a keyboard for things like mouse clicks but I imagine that if it can accurately track eye gaze then programming it to track blinks for things like click events shouldn’t be far off.
The Wii Balance Board is a game controller that comes as part of the Nintendo Wii Fit package and is being used to help children with developmental co-ordination disorder
UK-based researchers performed a study with children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) that shows favorable therapeutic results when using the Nintendo Wii gaming system and it’s motion-based Wii Fit control as part of their therapy.
Lead researcher Professor Elisabeth Hill from the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, said the pilot study provided evidence to support the use of the computer within therapeutic programmes for children with movement difficulties.
“The results provide interesting points warranting further discussion, particularly in view of the fact that many children have access to the Nintendo Wii Fit and may be using this system at home with minimal supervision,” she said.
Game-based therapy is becoming more and more popular for all sorts of disorders. The Valedo Motion is another example that uses game-based feedback along with sensors placed on the back to help improve back problems and pain.
There’s also a really nice one available on Etsy from seller “NorthWestWoodworker”. It’s really nice in that the board features the bowl-shape for chopping as well as a flat section for cutting other foods:
Daily chores can be more difficult for people with neurological impairments caused by Multiple Sclerosis or a stroke for instance. One of those chores is preparing food in the kitchen with a knife.
This product, the Cutting Board With Pivot Knife, makes it easier to use a knife and cut up or chop food by positioning a knife into a fixed bracket on a cutting board using the tip of the knife as the pivot point.
So instead of having to wield the knife laterally as you’re cutting the food, all you need to do is apply some download force on the knife and handle and move the food into the path of the knife. Much less force needs to be applied to the knife because of the added leverage that the pivot point provides making it easier all around to prepare food.