Gaze-controlled Mouse

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Technology is growing at a rapid rate. Virtually every home owns some sort of personal computer or a smartphone. These devices provide a powerful way to gain knowledge, communicate with other people, and interact with the world. Unfortunately, due to physical disabilities, many people are unable to use the current primary means for interacting with these devices: keyboards, mice, and touchscreens. Furthermore, even for people that can use these input devices, continuous, repetitive use can lead to medical issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome.We propose a solution that is targeted to patients and professionals who are suffering from motor issues such as Parkinson's disease, Arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome where the use of hands is difficult or downright impossible. We present our gaze-controlled mouse. This device will be controlled using the patient's eyes which will eliminate the need of hands.The gaze-controlled mouse will use the pupils to correctly map the mouse cursor on a computer thereby using the patient's eyes to move the cursor effectively. Additionally, it will use a combination of blinks, dwell time, or other methods to interact with the computer. This will be accomplished by using cameras that will be mounted on the computer with its own image processing processor that capture the eyes and pupils and correctly map the position to the mouse on the computer.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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