A method to enter text and control a computer for individuals with severe mobility impairments.
Individuals with severe mobility impairments typically have few ways to communicate. Their ability to speak is difficult at best with few people that can understand them. They generally have extreme difficulty using a computer because of difficulties using a standard keyboard.
With 8 keys and disambiguation software, the user can enter text as well as control their computer. Text entry with 0.65 - 1.02 keys per character are possible based on different user options. This keyboard can open communication paths for people that have been shut out for too long.
The videos below demonstrate a JustType keyboard fully interacting with the applications on the device. This keyboard is not commercially available. We are working with device manufacturers to encourage them to incorporate the features of JustType within an alternative keyboard on their devices.
We are looking to partner with assistive technology keyboard manufacturers to incorporate the JustType features into a keyboard option within their products. In many cases, their assistive technology keyboard already has most of the needed underlying software and the greatest effort is creating a new user interface.
We will work with research groups to improve the general understanding of effective techniques for severe mobility impairments.
Continuous Path presents a paper on JustType at two conferences: 32nd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference and ATIA 2017 in Orlando on January 19th, 2017. JustType is our research into efficient text input and computer control using 8 keys. This technology opens doors for people with significant mobility impairments, enabling them to communicate with others and control their computer.
CSUN 2016 Continuous Path presented a paper on JustType at CSUN 2016 in San Diego on March 24th, 2016. JustType is our research into efficient text input and computer control using 8 keys. Copies of the paper and slide deck are available here: