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New Computer Games for Disabled Kids

by Sheela Philomena on March 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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 New Computer Games for Disabled Kids

UK university scientists have come up with a method to help children who cannot use a mouse or keyboard to play computer games.

They are developing new computer games, which can be controlled by eye movements.

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The project at De Montfort University aims to allow severely disabled youngsters to play computer games, the BBC reported.

Eye control "adds a whole new level of intelligence to games", said research leader Stephen Vickers.

The use of eye tracking as a way of interacting with devices has been explored for a number of years, he noted, but his project is developing a more accessible, low-cost system, which will bring games into the reach of disabled children who cannot operate a mouse or keyboard.
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They will be able to "push" buttons and direct a character by looking at different points on the screen. In a spaceship game, he said, players can fire a gun by staring at a button.

Eye tracking uses an infrared light to identify where the eyes are looking - and can measure the movements as the person looks around a computer screen.

If the eyes focus on an on-screen button, this can be like using a mouse and cursor to "click" on a button.

Researchers at the project at the Leicester-based University have worked with a local special school.

As well as letting children play games, it is also a way of helping children with very limited mobility to learn how to move around virtual environments, including those showing the layout of real buildings.

Source: ANI
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