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Development of a computer input device for patients with tetraplegia

Authors
Journal
Computer Standards & Interfaces
0920-5489
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.csi.2005.01.018
Keywords
  • Measurement Software
  • Computer Input Ability
  • Patient With Spinal Cord Injury
  • Computer Input Device
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract It is necessary for medical staff members to evaluate the computer input ability of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) during the patients' rehabilitation. In this paper, we describe a system for measuring and evaluating the computer input ability of SCI patients. We measured the position locus of the mouse cursor when a patient operates a computer using a ball mouse. After this measurement, we calculated three time parameters to evaluate the computer input ability of the patient. In addition, we developed a new computer input device for patients, and showed by means of the three time parameters that this device was effective for some patients.

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