Effects of Mouse Tremor Smoothing Adapter on Ease of Computer Mouse Use by Individuals with Essential Tremor: A Pilot Study

  • Cathy Bodine
  • James Levine
  • James Sandstrum
  • Laura Meyer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4554)

Abstract

As many as 10 million people in the United States are diagnosed with a complex neurological movement disorder called Essential Tremor (ET), with many more worldwide [1]. ET is a condition that is particularly troublesome during the use of computer programs that require good mouse control. The purpose of this study was to determine whether hardware and software versions of a smoothing filter labeled the Tremor Control Mouse (TCM) could provide short- and/or long-term benefits for individuals who have difficulty using a computer because of ET of the hands. A paired-samples t-test revealed significant differences (p<.05) between participants’ responses to ease-of-use questions regarding traditional mouse use compared to TCM use. Subjective responses to survey items on TCM advantages, disadvantages, and helpfulness were very positive overall and reflected the participants’ belief that the TCM was a useful device in enhancing mouse control and, consequently, computer use.

Keywords

essential tremor disability assistive technology mouse control tremor smoothing 

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References

  1. 1.
    Coping with Essential Tremor, http://www.essentialtremor.org/
  2. 2.
    Tolosa, E.: Movement disorders: advances on many fronts. Lancet Neurology 5(4), 303–309 (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cathy Bodine
    • 1
  • James Levine
    • 1
  • James Sandstrum
    • 1
  • Laura Meyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, 601 East 18th Avenue, Suite 130, Denver, Colorado USA 80203, IBM Corporation, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, PO Box 218, Yorktown Heights, New York, 10598 

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