Downloads and Links
Camera Mouse 2013 Program
The Camera Mouse 2013 manual separately in pdf.
In response to requests, here are instructions for making the mouse pointer larger and easier to see.
Here are instructions for setting Windows so that a single-click opens all programs, files, and folders instead of a double-click. This makes Windows easier to use with Camera Mouse. It also is included as a Settings option in Camera Mouse 2013 version 2.1 and later.
A two page brochure on Camera Mouse.
Camera Mouse 2011 Program
The Camera Mouse 2011 program. If Camera Mouse 2013 does not work for you (for example if you have an XP computer without all the Microsoft updates) you should try Camera Mouse 2011. You can have both Camera Mouse 2013 and Camera Mouse 2011 installed at the same time.
(Or, if you have an XP computer and Camera Mouse 2013 does not work, you can try downloading the installer for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5)
The Camera Mouse 2011 manual separately in pdf.
The Camera Mouse 2011 manual in traditional Chinese (相機滑鼠) kindly prepared voluntarily by GC Kan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
Camera Mouse Applications
Aliens and Paint. These are a simple shoot the Aliens video game program and a Paint program that work well with Camera Mouse. No clicking required. All-time favorites. Good for learning to use Camera Mouse.
Staggered Speech is a free two-level onscreen keyboard program for spelling and speaking messages that works well with Camera Mouse. It's good for new Camera Mouse users to start with Staggered Speech and then perhaps try Midas Touch.
Midas Touch is a free onscreen keyboard program for spelling and speaking messages that works well with Camera Mouse for users who have a high degree of accuracy with Camera Mouse.
Camera Mouse has the capability of clicking and double-clicking built-in. To right click or drag with Camera Mouse you need to get an additional program.
ClickAid is a free program from Polital Enterprises that allows for right-clicking, dragging, and other mouse activities beyond the clicking and double-clicking of the left mouse button performed by Camera Mouse. Point-N-Click is a similar program but with many more options (and it's a bit more complex), also free from Polital Enterprises.
An alternative is to use Dwell Clicker 2, a free program from Sensory Software. Dwell Clicker 2 is an easy to use program that allows left-click, right-click, double click and dragging through its own dwell click software (rather than using the dwell click capabilities in the Camera Mouse Settings Window). Another free alternative is MetaClick.
There are a wide variety of commercial adaptive switches that can be used to produce mouse clicks.
You also can click using the regular mouse. You can lift the mouse and just use the buttons. Or you can use a second mouse with tape over the red light on the bottom so that only the buttons work.
Many webcams and notebook computers have built-in microphones. Bill Marcotte, a Camera Mouse user, has developed a way to click by saying "I click", double-click by saying "I double", and so on, by using Windows Speech Recognition Macros. Bill kindly has provided instructions and the macros themselves for free download. You can read more at his blog at speechwreck.blogspot.com.
Email, texting, and more
Sue Center is a wonderful free self-contained program that allows you to use Camera Mouse to email, read books, text, keep a journal, and more.
Device for holding up the head
Caregivers working with people who have low muscle tone in neck and trunk report great success with Headpod. It allows people full but controlled head movement. We have children using Headpod with our EagleEyes systems as well.
Applications for kids
For teaching cause and effect and for other fun and educational activities see the free software at the Priory Woods website.
Clicker by Crick Software is a popular commercial product for education and communication that allows you to use thousands of different onscreen grids or create your own. Planet Wobble is a series of talking books based on Clicker.
ZAC Browser is designed for autistic children but is fun for all children. It contains music-making and short videos and games and other software that work well with Camera Mouse all within one free downloadable framework.
Starfall.com learn to read website.
Headsprout. Good site to use following Aliens and Paint but just the first few uses are free.
No Brainer 2 is a simple but intense quiz game. With Camera Mouse running, move your head up-and-down for Yes and side-to-side for No.
Nick Jr. Games (Diego's Puzzle Pyramid, Max Bowling, Dora's Bingo)
Onscreen keyboard programs
Click-N-Type virtual keyboard by Lake Software. Click-N-Type is a free, fully adjustable, resizable, customizable onscreen keyboard that works well with Camera Mouse. It allows you to use Camera Mouse to type in to Notepad or Word or email. Just open Camera Mouse, Click-N-Type, and your wordprocessing or email program, turn on clicking in Camera Mouse, point to the letter in the Click-N-Type keyboard on the screen long enough to click on it, and you are typing just by moving your head.
The Grid 2 works well with Camera Mouse. It allows for on-screen typing and also direct control of Windows and application programs.
The Dynamic Keyboard is a free, clever, two-level keyboard program with dynamic prediction.
Dasher is a totally different type of onscreen spelling program that works well with Camera Mouse. Very inventive. Free. You might want to give it a try.
A young woman in London with Cerebral Palsy does Sudoku at websudoku.com using Camera Mouse, Point-N-Click and Click-N-Type.
Other Head-Controlled Systems
There are commercial systems that allow the mouse pointer to be controlled by moving the head. See the NaturalPoint SmartNav 4:AT ($499), Madentec TrackerPro ($995), and Origin Instruments HeadMouse Extreme ($995).
Eye-controlled systems are designed for people who do not have voluntary head control but can move their eyes. At Boston College we have developed EagleEyes, which is manufactured and distributed by The Opportunity Foundation of America.
Boston Globe interview on 300,000th download of Camera Mouse.
Article on 100,000th download of Camera Mouse.
Newsletter article on the use of Camera Mouse at the School of the Divine Child in Cork, Ireland.
Original journal paper on Camera Mouse.
Original conference proceedings paper on Camera Mouse.