Hello and welcome to PATINS Live TV. This is Episode 30 and today we are going to be having a vendor presentation. As I mentioned earlier in the season we use the first Tuesday of the month for presentations that the PATINS staff thinks would be helpful for an audience to have information on. Then the third Tuesday has been a vendor presentation. Today I have Jim Kjendalen from LaZee Tek who is going to talk a little bit about the products that he has. So Jim tell me a little about LaZee Tek. I like the name and I know it means something.
Well LaZee Tek develops, sells and manufactures alternative mice, adaptive computer mice for folks with physical limitations. Very Good. We kind of came around the name of LaZee Tek as they work off of tiny tilt sensors that kind of measure azimuth and elevation. We took those words and played anagrams and came up with LaZee. Sounds good. Sounds good. A real technical process. That is part of it. It is a good name and catchy name, as well. So what kind of products do you have then, as far as, you know in your product line.
We have two main product lines of adaptive mice. We have what we call the original product was the LaZee Mouse. It is a completely selfcontained model. Then we have the eeZee Mouse which is a little more recent. It splits up the physical aspects of it so that the person only has to where a tiny body sensor instead of the complete unit. Okay and you have an example of that tilt sensor if we could take just a kind of peek as to what we are referring to when we are looking at a tilt sensor.
PATINS TV Episode 30 October 15th, 2013
Yes, the tilt sensor is basically the old fashioned bubble level except in an electronic format. So it measures left, right, forward and backward movements. All this functionality is built into a tiny IC. We are going to take a look at that here in just a little bit aren’t we Yes. Very good. If you would like to give us an example of just how this works. What you are planning on doing is actually controlling the mouse using a head tilt process is what I understand. Is that pretty much it.
Yes, it can be a head tilt or any other portion of the bodyhead, foot, toe, finger. So we go beyond just the head tilt then Right. Very good. Okay. Well if we could have an example of just how that works. You were talking about maybe doing.you have three products. Yes, each of the product families have or each of the two product families have three models. What we are going to start with is the LaZee Mouse family. We are going to start with the LaZee Mouse Pro. We will grab a cable for that.
Okay. These run off of USB connections or. Yes they do. They get all their signals from the USB and including the power so there are no other cables to fight with or tangle up. We will start by plugging the cable into the unit. We will put the unit on to a headset. This particular one is mounted with Velcro so you just squish it down real good so it has a stable mount. Plug in the microphone. Now do you need a special headset to use that or can you use variations of the headset for.
The headmouse It is pretty flexible. You can use just about anybody’s. We chose this particular one because it has a wide headband so that there is a better stable mounting surface. Nice space. And the microphone is pretty decent on it. So we just put it on where you intend to use it. Plug in the USB cable. Now do you have to load any drivers or anything or is that something that automatically is detected by you are running Windows As you are seeing on the screen it gives you the standard USB interface drivers. This is.
The first time we have plugged in the unit to this computer. Okay. What you have just seen is the first time users. Typically you get centered in front of the monitor where you want to comfortably work. You reach up push the home button that actually calibrates the sensor to your home position. From there it is just a matter of tipping your head. You can go as fast or slow as you like. So it senses when you go over a targeted area then. I noticed that the cursor goes from.
An arrow to hands and that would be how you would select You can use it with a clickngo software. Okay. What we are going to use here is the microphone that comes with it. As you can see while I am talking here.click.it can be spoken words. makes a whistling sound Just basically any sound. Sure. You can set the microphone. As you can see occasionally it is taking my voice and trying to drag an icon. There is a sensitivity up here on the unit that you can set it so your.
Typical voice won’t be recognized. It is only when you makes a whistle sound or maybe do a louder voice. So is there any type of calibration that you have to use in order to make it go faster or slower Is there a way that you can speed up moving across the screen up or down, left, right if you really want to move the screen a little bit faster Yes there is. The unit itself is proportional so the farther you tip the faster it is going to go. You can change the maximum speed by the Windows settings.
Okay. Your standard mouse speed settings. So you are still using some of the builtin settings of the computer itself, but also just by accelerating by moving your head either further to one side, left, right, front, back Yes. For new users we typically recommend that from one side of the screen to the other maybe five seconds. As fast as this is going here it is really pretty difficult to control. As I mentioned before this is the first time this computer has been hooked to one so I haven’t changed any settings ahead of time.
Well it looks really pretty easy to use. It is just a matter of head tilt. Basically. Then you can go off the head and use it in different body parts and so forth. On the other hand, you don’t have to have line of vision, as well. It could be on a foot if you are able to control your foot and so forth. Sure. Okay. Great. Wow. That is correct. Some people have a conception that from some of the other systems on the market that this has to be in front of the screen or in front of something. As you mentioned,.
There is no line of sight required. Wow. It can be completely hidden. Very good. Now that was the Pro right Yes, this is the Pro model. The Pro designates that it works from sound through the microphone. The other model switch instead of the microphone and foot you would plug in a switch to it. Okay. Then we have what we call a cursor model which is more cost effective for somebody that doesn’t need this to do the clicking. They don’t have to pay for the clicking functionality. Okay. How would they click that Would that be a manual click then on the keyboard or.
On another device It could be anything that they have external switches for instance. Okay. They could take an old mouse the roller ball kind and take the ball out and still use it for the switches if they are able to. Okay. SipandPuff switch. Any type of basically any switch on the market. Wow. Okay. Great. I didn’t know that trick about the mouse though taking the ball out and just using it as a regular switch so that is a good thing to know. Well those are getting hard to find these days.
They are getting hard to find. Yes, most of them are going to optical. Great. Anything else that you would like to show us Now the difference between the smaller ones and the larger ones are just size Mainly packaging. Okay. With the eeZee Mouse instead of having to wear the entire box there is just a tiny body sensor that the person would wear. Okay. Well we changed it up a little bit and got some more materials out here and Jim is going to show us other ways that we can use this technology, as far as, even beyond the.
Head sensor type model. So Jim what are we going to do with the materials that you have out here Okay. Well, Jeff we are going to be using an eeZee Mouse Switch. It is comparable to the LaZee Mouse Switch except the packaging is completely different. The eeZee Mouse sensors or the eeZee Mouse systems operate off of a tiny body sensor which if you remember the LaZee Mouse the user had to wear this entire plastic enclosure. With the eeZee Mouse model the sensor is all they have to wear. So what we are going to do here is just demonstrate.
It on a good old fashion door spring. I am still amazed at how small that is compared to what you showed earlier with the bubble level. Sure. This is basically just a joy stick that we have thrown together here. This probably isn’t the prettiest, but. So we should get similar responses to what we got earlier then Yes. Great. Now we basically have everything setup where it is going to be used. There is our calibration so the system knows where it is. From there, as we tip the sensor forward, backwards, left,.
Right it is going to move the cursor accordingly. Now as you will notice the speed is not as fast with this as the LaZee Mouse was. Because we have a bigger enclosure here we have been able to do a little better process on the signal. The user feels a little more smoother for now with the LaZee Mouse is. Functional wise it still does the same thing it is just a little better control, a little smoother action. It is just a simple door spring and a clip, alligator clip it looks like that you used.
For the demo Yes, it can be anything. We have one in the suitcase there that is basically a chair spring and a piece of PVC pipe. So anybody that has maybe a sturdier situation.here we just plugged in a dual switch. Left click. Right click opens the typical menus. Okay. So we can still move it and then make your selection accordingly. Yes. Any type of standard switch, sipandpuff, you name it. Just about anything on the market. I was looking at the back now there is a dial on this particular one. What does the dial.
Do We have what we call a Range of Motion Control. Okay. Range of Motion lets the user control how sensitive the sensor is. If you change a setting you have to recalibrate it. Okay. This will show that just very tiny movements now will move the sensor. Yes. It is basically about one degree of movement. Sure. If you have it where it is a maximum Range of Motion it is going to take more like five or six degrees. So you have some customizable functioning with that particular part that you really.
Didn’t have with the smaller unit. Right. Now one thing we can do for the customer is to if they try out an eeZee Mouse and would really like to use a LaZee Mouse to let us know what the settings are from the eeZee Mouse they test drove. We can program that into a LaZee Mouse. So if they needed it to go faster or slower or. It actually programs the Range of Motion. Great. Great. To better match them. Now you mentioned that you have a piece of software too that you wanted to show.
Yes. We would like to show something with a piece of software called OneWay by Applied Human Factors. Okay. It basically screens out some of the directions from the cursor controls so that from the joystick here we get forward, backward, left, right. The OneWay program can screen out either up, down, left, right or any one individual access. Alright. Jim you mentioned a software program called OneWay and I see we have added another little component here to see just how that works. Looks like you have a doll rod with.
A base and so forth. Tell me how this will work then with OneWay. Okay. What we have here is just a basic mechanical structure that is going to rotate one axis. We use this just so that it is a little clearer that it can’t move left and right. As I am able to tip this up and down as you can see the cursor is moving from left to right. Now OneWay comes into play by ignoring any left, right movements that might be occurring here. For instance, for whatever reason it is filtering those out and it takes what signals that are.
There and it makes an XY coordinate on the screen. For instance, you move as far as leftright as you want to. A left click occurs and then the direction changes. Okay. When you get to where you need to go, click again and it is activated. What would happen if I could only push down on it and I didn’t have the ability to really push up and I get all the way to the other side of the screen how do I get back to the other side One of the nice features of OneWay is it wraps around the screen. So as it gets to the left.
You don’t have to worry about backing up it just keeps going. Very good. I would imagine it would do the same thing if we are going up and down. Yes. As you go to the top and then there you go. Okay. Great. That is a nice little piece of software. With the technology that you have integrated I can see a lot of potential for really customizing it more for a specific user’s needs in order to access things like the computer and so forth. Yes. Thank you. Very good. Well I think that wraps it up and what I would like to do is thank Jim for coming.