Alternative Ways to Control Your Mouse: HeadMouse 2
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jan 2009
Out of all the peripherals you have connected to your computer, the mouse ranks at the top of the most used ones. And how do you use it? Regardless if it is wireless or not, you have to put your hand on top of it, drag it around your desk, and click every once in a while. Now HeadMouse 2 comes to the aid of those of you that are sick and tired of using the mouse in that traditional manner.

What HeadMouse 2 does is it allows you to control the mouse with simple head movements. All that is required is a webcam, the HeadMouse 2 software, and the ability to move your head around. The software application is mainly designed for people that suffer from some form of mobility impairment, but this is not to say that able bodied persons could not put it to the test.


Here are the bits and pieces you need to be made aware of regarding HeadMouse 2:
- Downloading and using the software product will not cost you a thing.
- HeadMouse 2 is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista.
- You will need to fit a 640 x 480 minimum resolution web cam to your system in order for HeadMouse 2 to work.
- You will need at least a 2GHz processor.

If your machine complies with these minimal requirements, then you can run HeadMouse 2, which is remarkably simple: move your head to the left and the mouse will also move the left, move your head to the right and the mouse will also move to the right. For clicking there are several options you can employ: if you keep your head still for 1.5 seconds an auto-click will be performed; a more active way to click is by opening your mouth.

If you would like to get HeadMouse 2, a detailed tutorial on how to use it as well as a download location is available here.

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