iPad (or Tablet) HeadPointer
in NSW, Australia
(Click any pic to
see it larger!)
with his iPad positioned on my
Articulating Arm, one of my Tablet Mounts
Love the iPad! Love how it's
changed our fields of AT/AAC so radically! Love that
people that can point with a finger can access a beautiful
interface and computing experience, from instructional
materials, to web surfing, email, Facebook, Twitter, and
all that able-bodied persons take for granted.
However, in the area of Assistive Tech
device access, it's a bit 'locked'. That is, all the
methods that we've cultivated and grown since about 1985, will
not work with the iPad: joystick, trackball, head tracking,
So, in an effort to allow people that cannot access an
iPad/tablet via 'Direct Select' via hand/finger, I am offering
a combination of 2 different existing products, to make a new
access method for iPads and any tablet that has a 'capacitive'
(requires electricity from your body through direct skin
contact) touchscreen. One product is a capacitive
mouthstick and the other is an existing headpointer. I
*adapt* 2 products to make a new one. In other words, I
replace the headpointer's 'pointer' with my mouthstick.
The HeadPointer that
Debbi & Marcel are wearing above may look a bit strange,
but no stranger, and certainly a lot more comfortable, than
headpointers that have chin straps and are elastic. Mine is easily adjustable a with a *dial*
(yea!), and very stable.
The mouthstick that I replace their pointer with is special in
that it does not require any skin contact
to activate/control the iPad/tablet.
Now you *will* need a mount to hold the iPad/tablet in just
the right position. Consider one my Tablet Mounts,
Capacitive HeadPointer (includes stylus).....$199
stylus/stick is 14" which brings the distance
between top of the head and tip to about
20". If you want a shorter stick, you
will need to specify that in the Comments
section during ordering. OR, to decrease
length, you can put the angled rod at the top
through its plastic holder from the *rear*
versus the front (the pictures above show it
from the front).
Capacitive Stylus only (14").....$29