IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
Project acronym: Cap Mouse
Partners (5): Brusell Communications AS (formerly Brusell Dental AS) - Norway, HMC International, Belgium, Lots Design, Sweden, Stinct AB and PRO, Sweden.
Project coordinator: Tomas Uno Vilhelm Brusell, Brusell Communications AS, Norway
Primary objective: Develop a patented handsfree capacitive tongue interface based on extra-oral capacitive sensors mounted on a head set for elderly and disabled persons with none or limited mobility in their upper extremities. The capacitive tongue interface will be compatible with a mobile device enabling truly handsfree, full mouse functionality for control of the mobile device, i.e. an Android and control of standard PC/Mac computer. The integrated system will be tested with end users.
Primary objective: Test the entire control system together with end users and initialize the industrialization and commercialization of an ICT product. Different markets of the capacitive tongue interface, including the markets for elderly, will be evaluated and entered together with commercial partners.
Results: The project has developed a software code for the Cap Mouse that is simple to download to a PC/Mac and Android mobile device and integrate the hands free Cap Mouse human interface. End user testing and software adjustments were successfully made until the end of the project and full mouse replacement was achieved. A technology marketing plan has been worked out together with Permobil/HMCI but the industrialization and commercialization will be executed by Brusell Communications. An important factor in the success of the project is the early involvement of end users and industrial designers with tools to understand user needs. The goal of the project was primarily to make the Cap Mouse work for elderly end users with no or reduced mobility, especially in their upper extremities.
Project period: June 15 2009 - June 15 2012 (project completed)
Further information/website: www.brusell-communications.com/aal
National grant programme in Norway: IT Funk (ICT for disabled and elderly)
This document was first published 09.07.2009, and updated 01.10.2012.