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KinesicMouse - A facecontrolled kinect mouse RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    My name is Markus Pröll, i am the founder of a start-up called Xcessity. We just finished beta-testing our first kinect for windows based app, called KinesicMouse. This software makes it possible to control a computer mouse using head movements and facial expressions. This helps disabled people to access their computer.

    @Microsoft: It would be really nice if you could feature this product on your Kinect blog.

    Video: http://youtu.be/94mrmjm0QnQ

    Website: http://kinesicmouse.com

    During the development process we worked closely together with a spastic quadriplegic person. The results are promising and the KinesicMouse offers a lot of advantages over existing assistive technologies besides being less expensive.

    1.) No tracking aids are required to be placed on the body, which helps to start operating a computer without help of others.

    2.) The KinesicMouse let's you control a mouse wheel by the third rotation axis of the head which is not supported by other head tracking devices.

    3.) You have full control over the mouse buttons with facial expressions. This results in a higher efficiency in comparison to other solutions which are based on dwell timers.

    4.) The distance between a face and the kinect sensor is very flexible. You can sit as close as 50cm to about 300cm. This is very helpful, because disabled persons often have a wheelchair or are even stuck to a bed and cannot always be too close to a pc setup.

    We have a lot more features to come. If you need any information, please do not hesitate to contact me: proell[at]xcessity.at

    Best,

    Markus




    • Edited by Xcessity Monday, May 13, 2013 10:33 AM
    Monday, May 13, 2013 10:31 AM

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  • Hi,

    My name is Markus Pröll, i am the founder of a start-up called Xcessity. We just finished beta-testing our first kinect for windows based app, called KinesicMouse. This software makes it possible to control a computer mouse using head movements and facial expressions. This helps disabled people to access their computer.

    @Microsoft: It would be really nice if you could feature this product on your Kinect blog.

    Video: http://youtu.be/94mrmjm0QnQ

    Website: http://kinesicmouse.com

    During the development process we worked closely together with a spastic quadriplegic person. The results are promising and the KinesicMouse offers a lot of advantages over existing assistive technologies besides being less expensive.

    1.) No tracking aids are required to be placed on the body, which helps to start operating a computer without help of others.

    2.) The KinesicMouse let's you control a mouse wheel by the third rotation axis of the head which is not supported by other head tracking devices.

    3.) You have full control over the mouse buttons with facial expressions. This results in a higher efficiency in comparison to other solutions which are based on dwell timers.

    4.) The distance between a face and the kinect sensor is very flexible. You can sit as close as 50cm to about 300cm. This is very helpful, because disabled persons often have a wheelchair or are even stuck to a bed and cannot always be too close to a pc setup.

    We have a lot more features to come. If you need any information, please do not hesitate to contact me: proell[at]xcessity.at

    Best,

    Markus





    cool!

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    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 6:50 PM
  • Hi,

    as a little status update, we have finished the next major release of the Kinesic Mouse. Some of the highlights in this update are: two additional mouse modes added, joystick emulation, improved facial expressions recognition and a simplified user interface.

    Here is a little clip from an Austrian TV show (German, English subtitles):

    Kinesic Mouse Fast Forward Award Video

    Check out the website for a free demo:

    http://kinesicmouse.com

    Best,

    Markus


    • Edited by Xcessity Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:14 AM
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:12 AM