The Seeing-Eye Mouse

Every day, our world grows more digital and more of our lives migrates to an electronic format. But [...]Margrit Betke, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of computer science, believes the networked world isn't nearly as inclusive as it ought to be.

So, in collaboration with James Gips, a Boston College professor of computer science, and several of her students, Betke has spent the last eight years developing a camera mouse that greatly expands accessibility to the digital world. The camera mouse software uses a computer webcam to lock onto and track a chosen section of the users face — a nostril or the tip of an eyebrow, for example — and then links that persons head movement to a cursor on the screen.

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