ID8 Using Head Motion for Accessible Computing
Designed for daily use, GlassOuse is worn like a pair of glasses and connects to mobile phones, computers, tablets and Smart TVs via Bluetooth to increase accessibility for those with restricted mobility. The glasses serve as the navigating element. Switches or a bite stick serve as the method of selection.
IDEATE deployed Assistive Technology Professional, David Markowitz to support one of our members who sustained a spinal cord injury. The GlassOuse interface offers a hand-free solution to computing via BluTooth. GlassOuse can be used on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.
The benefits of this device are clear. GlassOuse is an extremely accessible solution and an innovative approach to UX. We’ve got some concerns however when it comes to clinical application or work place accommodations.
- The GlassOuse needs to be charged. While during the computing session the individual can operate without support, support staff is still needed to make sure the device is charged for future use so it doesn’t alleviate the need for paid staff.
- When using the device prone or nearly prone, the angle of attack between body and neck could contribute to muscular stress from prolonged use.
- Sensor focus begins to drift after about 1 ½ hours of use.