Microsoft Kinetic soon to be available for PC?

After much success with the Kinetic motion capture/control system (formerly project Natal), Microsoft is thought to be soon releasing the gesture control system for the PC, including laptop and tablet type devices. This could soon start a revolution in computer input. According to this article Microsoft has applied for a US patent called ‘Gesture Keyboarding’ […]

It’s a mouse! Ouch!!

I constantly see advertisements for ergonomic mice. It seems like every company has an ergonomic mouse out there that has been specifically designed to reduce RSI, improve ergonomics, help avoid injuries etc etc. Just about every time I eagerly check out a picture of the new super ergonomic mouse, however, I am usually confronted by […]

Windows Speech Recognition

I have long been an owner of an earlier version of Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking (version 7 I think) and have had much frustration in the past mainly due to the the software’s inability to recognise regional accents, well my accent anyway! Nuance appear to have a policy of no trial before buy with Naturally […]

Men’s voices harder to understand for speech recognition

In a BBC news story recently titled “Computers find male voices ‘harder to recognise’” describes how Edinburgh University scientists found that computer speech recognition software finds male voices harder to understand than female voices. This they attribute to the fact that men “make ‘umm’ and ‘err’ sounds more frequently.” I can attest to this. It […]

Text input controlled by thought?

In an interesting article in Hplus Magazine entitled ‘By thought alone: Mind over keyboard’, the author describes studies into how we can use the brain’s thoughts to control a keyboard input. The findings indicate that people with electrodes implanted in their brains can learn to type by using thoughts alone. It’s also possible to achieve […]

New Ergonomic Products Page

I have released a new page on the site which contains a list of  ergonomic products it’s also available from the main menu on this site. The page is not so much intended as a page of products that I endorse. It is more a collection of the latest products in the field of ergonomic […]

Microsoft “Natal” technology – the dawn of a new age in ergonomics?

In an interesting development, Microsoft has publicly shown at 2009 E3 a next generation games system controller labelled ‘Natal‘ that is free of buttons and joysticks; the controller is essentially you. It relies on a sophisticated camera detection system to monitor the user’s motion and translate this motion into games controls. It also has a […]