Breather mouse was RE: An interesting interface to writing

12 Nov 2004 - 9:49am
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Alain D. M. G. ...
2003

--- Vanessa Wolfe-Coote <Vanessa.Wolfe-Coote at SimulacraMedia.com> a
écrit :

This is the first time I hear or read about a breather mouse. I am
quite intrigued about this interaction device. I just searched for it
and got absolutely zero results.

Would you have another term for it? I can imagine how it might work in
a hundred different ways, which gives me too many possibilities for
searching for it.

Alain Vaillncourt
> He demontrated its use with a breather mouse, foot mouse, head mouse;
> showed studies of operating Dasher simply through eye tracking. I was
> suitably impressed by how many people with a range of disabilities
> might
> benefit from using it.

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12 Nov 2004 - 10:39am
Vanessa Wolfe-Coote
2004

Alain said:
>This is the first time I hear or read about a breather mouse. I am
quite intrigued about this interaction device. I just >searched for it
and got absolutely zero results.

I think that is the term that they used in the demonstration. I am not
aware of any other term, but hopefully I can explain how it worked...

The mouse is attached to some kind of belt and the person straps the
belt around their waist. They can then move the cursor as they breathe -
moving it up as they inhale down as they exhale. The Dasher interface
can be customised to only operate in up/down mode and so responds to
this input.

Unfortunately I don't know much more than that about the 'breather'
mouse (or whatever its true name is), for example how it discriminates
between normal breathing vs. breathing intended to move the mouse, or
how it copes with clicking actions, but I hope this helps you to find
out more. If you stioll have no luck, perhaps try contacting the Dasher
team directly.

Best regards
Vanessa

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12 Nov 2004 - 2:27pm
Alain D. M. G. ...
2003

Ah! Yes! Thanks, Sip Puff makes the whole difference.

I wonder why nobody has adapted this to the interaction needs of the
general public. The puff part I mean. I hope to find out by going
through the trove I got from searching with sip puff mouse.

Alain Vaillancourt

--- Julian_Orr at peoplesoft.com a écrit :
>
> The term that will increase search results is "sip/puff"
> For examples of other accessible input devices see;
> http://www.madentec.com/products/comaccess/tracker/whitepaper.html
>
> Cheers,
>
> Julian_Orr at Peoplesoft.com

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12 Nov 2004 - 11:47am
Josh Seiden
2003

> I just >searched for it
> and got absolutely zero results.
>
> I think that is the term that they used in the
> demonstration. I am not
> aware of any other term,

I believe that these are known as Sip/Puff controls.

They are common in the world of adaptive technology.

Here's a mouse based on sip/puff:

http://www.quadjoy.com/quadjoy.htm

JS

12 Nov 2004 - 12:27pm
Julian_Orr at p...
2004

The term that will increase search results is "sip/puff"

For examples of other accessible input devices see;
http://www.madentec.com/products/comaccess/tracker/whitepaper.html

Cheers,

Julian_Orr at Peoplesoft.com
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Alain said:
>This is the first time I hear or read about a breather mouse. I am
quite intrigued about this interaction device. I just >searched for it
and got absolutely zero results.

I think that is the term that they used in the demonstration. I am not
aware of any other term, but hopefully I can explain how it worked...

The mouse is attached to some kind of belt and the person straps the
belt around their waist. They can then move the cursor as they breathe -
moving it up as they inhale down as they exhale. The Dasher interface
can be customised to only operate in up/down mode and so responds to
this input.

Unfortunately I don't know much more than that about the 'breather'
mouse (or whatever its true name is), for example how it discriminates
between normal breathing vs. breathing intended to move the mouse, or
how it copes with clicking actions, but I hope this helps you to find
out more. If you stioll have no luck, perhaps try contacting the Dasher
team directly.

Best regards
Vanessa

______________________________________________________________
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Simulacra
Connecting people and information to create knowledge

We are a provider of semantic web-enabled information management
solutions to the education & cultural sectors
We help our clients create world-class, sustainable and joined-up online
public services...
...which enable users to find information according to what it means to
them and how they want to use it

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12 Nov 2004 - 1:24pm
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2004
12 Nov 2004 - 12:47pm
Michael Luck Sc...
2004

here are a couple
the action is called "sip and puff" there are lots of sip and puff
things
also check out www.enablingdevices.com to see some amazing button mods
and other assistive technology interfaces

http://www.quadjoy.com/

http://orin.com/index.htm

On Nov 12, 2004, at 10:39 AM, Vanessa Wolfe-Coote wrote:

> Alain said:
>> This is the first time I hear or read about a breather mouse. I am

Michael Luck Schneider
NYU - Interactive Telecommunications Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communications
Resident Researcher
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12 Nov 2004 - 6:30pm
hans samuelson
2003

> The mouse is attached to some kind of belt and the person straps the
> belt around their waist. They can then move the cursor as they breathe
> -
> moving it up as they inhale down as they exhale. The Dasher interface
> can be customised to only operate in up/down mode and so responds to
> this input.

I had a chance to engage with this kind of input once in the VR art
installation "Osmose/Ephemere" by Montreal-based artist Char Davies.
They used a modified neoprene scuba harness with an integrated stretch
sensor. Just for fun, similar extension-based sensor systems were also
used by the Dutch music collective Sensorband, who used (if memory
serves me right) modified motorcycle suspension systems on a sort of
overgrown children's playground toy on interactive steroids...

For those who might want to 'roll their own' interface devices of this
kind, I would suggest the I-Cube system, also from Montreal. They have
a very broad spectrum of sensors available, and it's relatively easy to
integrate anything that's in the 0-5v range. After that, you can
always move into microcontrollers... but that's a whole world unto
itself.

However, once you have access to the input data stream, you can create
target conditions for invoking/revoking system response. A mouse click
might be three sharp breaths in rapid succession, for example. I
wonder if anyone else on the list has used Max/MSP for mockups? It's a
remarkable interface package, for those who don't know it, and well
suited to sensor-based interaction.

Osmose / Ephemere documentation at
www.immersence.com

Image of input device at
www.immersence.com/osmose/os_georges.htm

Sensorband information at
http://www.sensorband.com/soundnet/index.html

I-Cube at
http://infusionsystems.com

Max/MSP at
http://www.cycling74.com

-- best regards,
-- hans samuelson

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