Compare Keyboards and other input devices for Quadriplegics, MS, ALS users
(This is just a known list, we're sure there are more)
Mouth or head stick
Requires large amounts of head movement to traverse the keyboard, and pressure to push the keys.
No PC connection
Mouth stick can be parked
Head stick requires a helper for head fitting
Lucy (tm), about the same function as LightKey
Made in Europe
About twice the size.
Some functions the operator has to have a helper adjust.
Lomak (tm), your select a key, then go to a point and select to input a key.
Made in Europe
About twice the size
The only negative I've heard is it is slow
Eye gaze (tm) or the like
Very good for operators with jerks.
Needs to have hardware and software installed on the PC
Virtual Keyboard with head tracking function
Needs a helper to get it set up.
Voice command PC control
Has to be adjusted for sensitivity by a helper, if your condition degrades your voice then you have to have it adjusted again until it can't be used.
Size 6 inches by 12 inches, about 1 inch thick.
needs a helper to plug in the USB port, and put the head band on.
Powered by the USB port for laser, keyboard and mouse.
No software to install, PC thinks it's a regular keyboard.
Slight head rotation to direct the laser.
Speed controls for the laser dot to make the keyboard selection faster or slower by the operator, so as the operator gets more proficient the operator can control.
Has a mouse within the keyboard, with double click, single click, right button; copy and paste commands