Recent Patents on Computer Science

Hamid Mcheick  
Computer Science Department
University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
Chicoutimi, Quebec


An Image-based Mouth Switch for People with Severe Disabilities

Author(s): Mu-Chun Su, Chin-Yen Yeh, Yi-Zeng Hsieh, Shih-Chieh Lin and Pa-Chun Wang

Affiliation: Department of Computer Science&Information Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan, R.O.C.


This study reports the design of a low-cost image-based mouth switch for the people with severe disabilities. Via this mouth switch and a communication aid, people with severe disabilities can manipulate computers and communicate with other people. Two experiments were conducted to test the performance of the mouth switch. Experimental results showed that this switch could help people manipulate computers simply by opening or closing the mouth. In addition, this article also presented some relevant patents about the human-computer interfaces for disabled people.

Keywords: Assistive technology, human computer interfaces, mouth switch, people with disabilities, sip and puff, Mouth Region Location, Template Generating, Mouth Opening Detection, COMMUNICATION AID, Text Typing Experiment

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Article Details

Page: [66 - 71]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/2213275911205010066