Point & Click!
Many people have trouble using a mouse because they can't accurately move their pointer vertically AND horizontally AT THE SAME TIME. Such people are forced to use scanning, or are stuck using a standard mouse without much accuracy.
OneWay is a possible alternative!
Read more or check out our Online Demo below.
OneWay (Patent Pending): An Intelligent Alternative to Switch Scanning
Exploiting the Movements You Do Well
People who have difficulty pointing their mouse often have to resort to scanning.
There could be many reasons for this, but some users might be able control
particular movements in their finger, hand, wrist, arm, etc., if they could concentrate on just one dimension at a time - for example, moving just left and right.
The problems often arise when the user has to simultaneously coordinate movements in two dimensions at the same time.
For example, you might have relatively good control of your hand when moving it from side to side, but when you try to move your mouse forward and backward (up and down on the screen), then your accuracy suffers. The idea behind OneWay is to let you use a standard mouse, but concentrate on just one dimension at a time, moving in the directions you have the most control.
Other Methods of Input - Joysticks, Sip & Puff Devices, and Other Pointing Devices
The mouse isn't the only pointer that can be used with OneWay. You should try different pointers and see which one works best for you. Some people might have the best control when using a joystick and moving from side-to-side. Other people might be able to use a joystick forward and backward or diagonally. Any of these approaches can be used in conjunction with OneWay.
Sip & Puff Devices
Sip & Puff Devices are traditionally used to indicate a switch closure, for example, to generate a mouse click. Recently, some Sip & Puff device designers have provided analog output for their devices. Analog, what does that mean, you ask? It means that instead of the device just indicating "yes" or "no" by sipping and puffing, the device sends out pressure values which are translated, for example, into a joystick output.
OneWay can use such Sip & Puff devices to control a mouse! Now that's cool!
Other Pointing Devices
OneWay can be used with most standard pointing devices. The important thing is that you find the movement that you do the best, and then find a pointer that is compatible with that movement. Example pointers are: for finger movement, try a touch pad; for hand movement, try a trackball; for lower arm movement, try a mouse or joystick; for foot movement, try adapting a mouse, joystick, trackball, or foot pedal; and for head movement, try head-tracking software or pointer systems which use a camera to track reflective markers on the forehead. With regard to head tracking, we have been told by some conference participants that OneWay might be good for people who are using head tracking, but who are not doing very well because they are, for example, unable to move vertically because of muscle-control issues or for medical reasons.
How Does it Work?
OneWay works by letting you decide where to click one dimension at a time.
That is, you might first decide where you want the mouse cursor to be in the horizontal dimension by moving a vertical bar across the screen. While you're moving the vertical bar from side to side, all up and down movements are thrown out, so you can concentrate on positioning the vertical bar over the target location. At this point, you can either click or use the built-in dwell switch to signal that you have reached the desired horizontal location. Okay, you're half way there, OneWay now knows the horizontal location of the target!
Here's the clever part: you continue to only move your hand from side to side, which is what you do well, but while you are moving your hand from side to side, the mouse cursor moves up and down the vertical bar because your leftward movements are converted to upward movements and your rightward movements are converted to downward movements on the display! After you move the cursor to the target's location, you click or dwell to signal this is the spot you are after. At that point, OneWay might click for you, or, if it is not clear what you want to do, OneWay will generate a small menu offering "Click," "Double Click," "Drag," or "Cancel." As you might have guessed, you move through the menu by moving your mouse from side to side. Again, we are trying to take advantage of what you do the best.
Try our on-line demo below or Download OneWay and give it a try...
OneWay is for people who have trouble moving their mouse vertically or horizontally, or for people who can do both, but just not at the same time.
If this is not your situation, you still can appreciate OneWay by pretending that you are a person who can only move comfortably/accurately in one dimension - either left and right OR up and down.
For the demo, specify which movements are the most comfortable for you:
For the purpose of the demo, let's play a game.
Squish the "bug" by aiming and clicking your mouse.
Of course you have to do it using OneWay's method.
When you're ready to begin using the OneWay demo, click on the "Start OneWay Demo" button below.
Now try to place the bar so that it is over the bug.
This is very simplified demonstration of how OneWay works.
To really get a feel for it, click here to try it out!(bugs not included).
Or you can keep playing with the on-line demonstration. Enjoy!