Presenter Information

Andrew Hess, University of Wyoming

Department

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Stanislaw Legowski

Description

Modern computers are becoming smaller, cheaper and more powerful, allowing them to become more common and more necessary in our day-to day and moment-to-moment lives. A number of technologies have arisen to take advantage of this by supplying computers that are constantly accessible, most notably Google Glass. Unfortunately, these technologies are often plagued by interface issues; the input devices commonly have severe deficiencies in portability, social acceptability, security, ease of use or data input rate. My project is a simple wearable input device designed to emulate a traditional mouse and keyboard by tracking certain discrete hand movements and converting them into signals usable by a computer. Design considerations include being easy to learn and to use, and being minimally encumbering when not in use. Interface devices of these sorts will be useful in the integration of always on personal computers into people’s lives.

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Wearable Mouse and Keyboard for Mobile Computing

Modern computers are becoming smaller, cheaper and more powerful, allowing them to become more common and more necessary in our day-to day and moment-to-moment lives. A number of technologies have arisen to take advantage of this by supplying computers that are constantly accessible, most notably Google Glass. Unfortunately, these technologies are often plagued by interface issues; the input devices commonly have severe deficiencies in portability, social acceptability, security, ease of use or data input rate. My project is a simple wearable input device designed to emulate a traditional mouse and keyboard by tracking certain discrete hand movements and converting them into signals usable by a computer. Design considerations include being easy to learn and to use, and being minimally encumbering when not in use. Interface devices of these sorts will be useful in the integration of always on personal computers into people’s lives.