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OptiKey is an assistive on-screen keyboard which runs on Windows.

It is designed to be used with a low cost eye-tracking device to bring keyboard control, mouse control and speech to people with motor and speech limitations, such as people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Motor Neuron Disease (MND). OptiKey was written to challenge the outrageously expensive, unreliable and difficult to use AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) products on the market. It is, therefore, fully open-source and free. Forever. Well-designed interface that offers an intuitive keyboard layout and straightforward handling

The application comes packed with an on-screen keyboard that serves as the interface through which users interact with their PCs. Featuring a standard keyboard layout for the letters, it also offers multiple quick access features for enabling speech or mouse control and toggling numbers or symbols.

Using the keyboard is very intuitive and users can point their mouse cursor over the keys or buttons, physically or by using eye-tracking devices that map their eyesight position in relation to their screens. Once the mouse cursor is paused over a preferred key, a small timer icon confirms the selection after a short period of time.

Control your PC with just a webcam, gestures and your eyesight, with this assistive keyboard

One of the greatest advantages OptiKey offers is the fact that it enables people to achieve control of their PCs using just a simple webcam, this way avoiding expensive eye-tracking devices. When used in combination with utilities that track eye movement through a webcam, such as Enable Viacam or Camera Mouse,

OptiKey will allow one to reposition the mouse cursor through gestures or eye movement.

The benefits of being able to control the PC with only eye movements or gestures are numerous and people who suffer from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Motor Neuron Disease will be greatly aided in using their PCs. Provided that users are willing to spend some time calibrating the eye-tracking software, they will be able to achieve excellent cursor precision when using OptiKey.

Great software solution that will help users control their PCs with an on-screen keyboard and eye-tracking devices

This application addresses those who require an easy-to-use and intuitive tool for controlling their PCs without any physical interaction with the mouse or keyboard. It will offer them an excellent on-screen assistive keyboard, which can be controlled by moving the mouse over the preferred keys, speaking into a microphone or using eye-tracking devices. Furthermore, OptiKey also enables people to control their PCs by using just webcams and eye-tracking utilities, this way avoiding expensive and complicated eye-tracking devices.


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