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New Device Could Steady Shaky Mouse
March 17, 2005

ROMFORD, ENGLAND--An IBM researcher has developed an adapter that will help people who experience tremors, or shakiness, to operate a computer mouse more easily.

Jim Levine developed a prototype of the Assistive Mouse Adapter after seeing his uncle, who has Parkinson's disease, struggle with a traditional mouse.

"I knew that there must be way to improve the situation for him and the millions of other tremor sufferers around the world, including the elderly," Levine told the BBC.

The device, which is expected to cost about £70 (about $130 US) when it is produced, would plug into a personal computer. It would allow the user to adjust the sensitivity of the controller depending on the severity of the user's tremors.

"The number of elderly computer users will increase as the population ages, and at the same time, the need for computer access grows," Levine explained.

The UK National Tremor Foundation estimates that about three million people in the United Kingdom experience some sort of hand tremors.

"Anti-tremor mouse stops PC shakes" (BBC News)


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