Freely Accessible and Adjustable Keyboard With Mouse PadBy Heussler, Stephen; Skop, Nolan; Enderle, John; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 236-237
Publication Date: 2010
Description of an adapted keyboard and mouse emulator for a computer user with impaired fine motor control. The Freely Adjustable and Accessible Keyboard With Mouse Pad was designed by students at the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut for an elementary school student with cerebral palsy. The device contains fewer keys than an average keyboard, which allows more space between the keys, resulting in improved accuracy for the client. In addition, Cherry MX switches were used to lengthen the life of the keys and increase durability. The keyboard rises to a greater angle than a standard keyboard, and seven buttons on the keyboard replace a standard mouse. Light emitting diode (LED) lights powered by the computer through a USB connection were placed behind the seven-button mouse pad to provide backlighting. To prevent sliding, rubber sheeting was placed on the base.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter14,University%20of%20Connecticut.pdf