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