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    Man invents nose-steered mouse

    From correspondents in Paris
    September 16, 2004


    A CANADIAN inventor has devised the world's first computer to be controlled by the nose and eyelids, New Scientist reports.

    The gadget could be a boon for people with disabilities who cannot use the conventional mouse, it says.

    The nose-steered mouse, called a "nouse", works by using tracking software linked to a webcam that identifies a group of 25 pixels which are the tip of the nose.

    Motion detection software is used to spot the blink of the user's eye. Blinking the left or right eye twice takes the place of left or right mouse clicks.

    The inventor, Dmitry Gorodnichy of the Institute of Information Technology in Ottawa, chose the nose because it is possible to see a characteristic pixel pattern at the nasal tip from anywhere within a broad camera angle.

    Previous attempts to link cursors with the user's face have used the eyebrows or mouth as tracking points.

    The problem, though, is that these facial features look entirely different when tilted only slightly to one side, which confuses the tracking software.

    The report is carried in next Saturday's issue of the British scientific weekly.

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    That SNOT funny at all.

    Many thanks to egghead for the cool .sig

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    Heheh - He "nose" alot and it "runs" in the family.

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    Notice the prerequisite URL link wasn't extant in that posting. May be genuine or more likely an Australasian probiscus is getting larger by the second. 'Who nose'

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    You're doing it again. That's the same site that I called 'the Oz National enquirer'
    last time. They'll be reporting 'man bites dog' next time. Henceforth all links should be acredited with a 'paucity' tag from 1 to 10. I vote Rev in for this job. So called News Au gets a -4 rating for veracity (may have shot myself in the foot there based on next edition of British science weekly, as I'm sure you will advise). Humble pie will be readily consumed IF I'm proved wrong

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    http://www.technewsworld.com/story/P...use-36703.html

    http://ottawa.cbc.ca/regional/servle..._mouse20040917

    http://slashdot.org/articles/04/09/1...&tid=137&tid=1

    http://www.halifaxlive.com/nose_mouse_09162004_3990.php

    http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/20...0916026996.htm

    http://www.news24.com/News24/Technol...589768,00.html

    http://www.canada.com/technology/sto...e-ff40b7ce59a0

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/09..._driven_mouse/

    http://www.ergoweb.com/news/detail.cfm?id=990


    Sit down and start eating my good friend.

    NEWS AU - is as bad as any other journalistic reporting group on the planet, but they are not in any way like National Enquirer, there is usually a few shreds of truth in their reports, unlike NE.

    Believe me Tangles they are a ligit new service.

    I'm vaguely insulted that you would :

    A. Think I would bother to read and report rubbish.

    and, more importantly,

    B. Think me incapable of telling the difference.


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    Oh bum. Munch munch munch. You'd think I had the brains to check this out munch munch, even if it was 0530 munch. It's not as if there's a shortage of coverage munch nearly every site on-line seems to feature it munch munch. I shall henceforth put brain in gear before releasing foot in direction of mouth munch

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    I wonder if a small bit of reflective paint could be put on the nose and eyelids to make the signal better?
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    I still can't help but wonder if you have to type with your nose as well ?
    It's harder than you think.. hehe

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    Didnt they invent speech recognition for this process?? "Open program" "Close Program" "What do you mean Ctrl+Alt+delete, not understood!"

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    MS have been looking at that problem for a while and the best they could come up with was this :-


    http://www.techzonez.com/forums/atta...hmentid=&stc=1
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