Students develop software to make computer use more accessible
23 June 2022
UCL Computer Science students have developed software that allows users to control their PC through their webcam using face and body movements.
Called ‘UCL MotionInput Version 3’, the software could allow those with mobility issues to easily interact with their PCs without the need to buy adapted computers and use pointer devices. The software has been created in collaboration with Intel, Microsoft, IBM and the NHS.
It lets users interact with their computer by moving their hands, fingers, head, eyes, nose, eyebrows, mouth or full body. Users can also give spoken commands and dictate text captured by their computer microphone.
Professor Dean Mohamedally (UCL Computer Science) led the project and tasked the team of 54 students with developing the software. He said: “We initially worked on the software in response to the Covid-19 pandemic as a means of supporting NHS frontline staff. We wanted a way to help prevent the spread of viruses and other bugs by enabling medical staff to use communal computers without touching the keyboard or mouse, but the applications are much further reaching than that.”
As well as its clinical uses and for those with mobility issues, UCL MotionInput Version 3 can also be used for teaching, presenting and by people playing Windows computer games.
The software is freely available to download for individual users. The team hope to see the software widely rolled out across NHS sites, schools and other industries looking to invest in the technology.
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