Computer Solutions for the Disabled via Gestures

Using a computer should not always be limited to people without disabilities. While some interfaces through computer accessories as the keyboard and mouse may become a shortfall, it remains that new solutions are bound to be on the horizon to help broaden the use of computers for the benefit of the ones who are unfortunately disabled in nature.

Remember virtual reality? Well it looks like we are being drawn to its second coming. Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia seems to have come up with an alternative interface gadget known as the “datagloves” that allows the computer to monitor the person’s hand or shoulder movements. This input can then be fed to a program, a game, or simulator, or to control a character, an avatar, in a 3D virtual environment.

So once this system has been perfected, it looks like the use of computers have gone a bit broader and no longer limited to the people who employ normal means of maximizing the privileges brought about by the computer age.

“We developed two gesture recognition systems: DESigning In virtual Reality (DesIRe) and DRiving for disabled (DRive). DesIRe allows any user to control dynamically in real-time simulators or other programs. DRive allows a quadriplegic person to control a car interface using input from just two LEDs on an over-shoulder garment. For more precise gestures, a DataGlove user can gesture using their fingers,” the authors said.

The evolution of widening the computer utilization scope is only to be expected. Technology is aggressively covering all bases to help people, both normal and disabled”, appreciate their true intent. With these developments, another potential privilege for people who feel limited has been opened.