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What is Nouse?

Insight in to development, technology and who can utilize Nouse.

"I became paralyzed two years ago... Nouse has allowed me to use all the software on my laptop... I am now able to communicate with my family and friends on a daily basis again, for which I am ever so grateful! " - Read more
Developed by health professionals

Nouse development has had access to a unique market space amongst the disabled population and its multidisciplinary research team including rehabilitation science professors, scientists from the National Research Council of Canadda, technologists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists, all who share a vision that the Nouse™ will improve the quality of life amongst individuals with and without disabilities.

The Nouse has been designed and tested with input from individuals with disabilities. This has ensured suitability over a range of ability levels and demonstrated the potential use among individuals with high and low-level disabilities. As a result, this technology demonstrates that the Nouse is suitable for people with limited neck movement, reduced strength, difficulty with muscle coordination and almost any situation where use of your arms prevents the use of a typical mouse.

The Nouse technology is approved by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Care Assistive Devices Program (ADP). - Find Nouse on the ADP Product list.

  • What do we offer?

    Unlike many other systems currently available to individuals who cannot easily access a computer using their hands, the Nouse does not require the need to wear a device or it does not need special hardware to operate. This makes this system extremely attractive as it is more affordable and portable than current systems. In addition, there are many components to the Nouse technology all designed to make the experience of using a “hands-free” computer a positive one.

    The ability to use computer technology is almost mandatory in today’s society. Many aspects of everyday life, including schooling, shopping, banking, business, personal and employment require interaction with a computer. For those who find working with a physical keyboard and mouse cumbersome or have a disability due to disease or injury that prevents them from using a computer, have lost one of the most important communication mediums in the world today.

    Computer access gives these individuals important ways to participate in work, education, leisure, social activities and home management. The current technology is expensive, bulky, fatiguing to use, and generally requires extensive input from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) clinics.

    The Nouse technology allows users to control a computer mouse and keyboard using only the movement of their nose (i.e., No need for a mouse to control a computer). Using the movement of their nose can replace common mouse/keyboard tasks, such as pointing, clicking, and typing.

  • How Nouse works?

    The unique, patented technology uses advanced video recognition algorithms to map the movement of the user’s nose to the movement of a computer mouse device thereby allowing a user to operate a computer hands-free.

    Essentially, Nouse is recognized as the first technology to use the nose as the principal feature for facial tracking, a process that involves setting up a webcam on a computer equipped with tracking software. The computer registers an image of your nose and then maps it onto the on-screen cursor, which you control with the movement of your nose. The nose's convex shape enables the computer to track movements with dramatically improved precision over traditional methods. Even if you turn your head to either side, the nose will always be within view of the camera, unlike the eyebrows or the mouth, which were formerly used for facial tracking.

  • Who can use Nouse?

    Nouse application was developed for anybody to use, however, it will be most useful for those computer users who have difficulty using their hands to manipulate a mouse or keyboard, or for those who want to take breaks from using their hands due to fatigue/injury. The solution is targeted for an older child or adult whose physical limitations (strength, range of motion) make using their hands/arms for operating a computer difficult or fatiguing.

    The ideal Nouse user needs to have good control of their neck movement, as well as an ability to learn new computer skills. Their vision (with or without glasses) must be sufficient to see and follow the cursor around the screen. Nouse does not create more eye fatigue than standard computer use.

    A Nouse user does not need to have full neck range of motion, as Nouse can be operated by very small neck movements in all 4 directions. Nouse is well suited to people with cervical spinal cord injuries, ALS or brain-stem stroke. A person with a slight tremor could use Nouse™ when settings and targets are adjusted to accommodate for their condition, however a person with significant tremor or spasticity would likely not be a suitable candidate.

    Computer experience would be an advantage, but not at all necessary to learn how to use Nouse.

    The user is expected to have a basic knowledge and understanding of Windows applications, Web browsers and concepts such as double-clicking, menu bars, and dialog boxes.






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