Using your computer with tremors

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Typing, or using computer mouse with shaky hands might become quite annoying. Either you get a lot of extra characters or closing a tab in the browser simply becomes impossible.

We’ve done some research for you and put together a list of suggestions to tackle to problem.
Please note that we’re not subsidised in any way nor have any financial interest in mentioned technologies.

1. Adapt your computer settings

A first step is to optimise your keyboard and mouse settings. For example, change the repeat delay setting of your keyboard to avoid the appearance of multiple characters. In addition, change the speed indicator of your mouse to make double tipping easier.

On your Windows machine you can find those settings by navigating as described below. More details and images can be found here as well as instructions for Mac users.

Mouse settings
  1. start
  2. control panel
  3. select hardware & sound
  4. select devices & printers – mouse
  5. select pointer options
  6. move pointer speed to slow
  7. move speed indicator for double click to slow
Keyboard settings
  1. start
  2. control panel
  3. hardware & sound
  4. right click on keyboard
  5. select keyboard settings
  6. set indicator for repeat rate to slow
  7. set repeat delay to long
2. Get a software package

Another option would be to download the steadymouse 2 software package (comes at 35$ annual price with 30 days hassle-free refund policy).
It provides seven different anti-tremor filters to ensure smooth and steady cursor movements. Additionally, it blocks unintended clicks of right, middle and left mouse buttons. Steadymouse 2 is compatible with all sorts of mice and available for Microsoft Windows 10 all the way back to Windows XP.

Alternatively, there is Dwell Click for Mac users, a software where you don’t need to do any clicking whatsoever. Just point with your mouse or trackpad and it automatically clicks for you.
The Windows version can be found here. Both packages come at a price of 10$ and provide free trials.

3. Simply talk to your computer

If you prefer to use your voice instead of hands to operate your computer, it’s definitely worth looking into speech recognition. We recommend you to check out Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 13 software. It’s compatible with Windows systems and priced at 99$. You can find all relevant specifications here as well as a demonstration video.

4. Try a trackball mouse

A research team from Norway was looking into appropriate technology adaptations for people with Parkinson’s. What they found was that trackball mice can come handy when the main problem was controlling the mouse pointer. Their test showed that this type of mouse significantly increased control.

They are recommending the following devices:

  • Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (seems to fit those with larger hands)
  • Logitech Marble Mouse (seems to fit nicely those with smaller hands)
  • Orbit Kensington Expert Trackball (seems to fit those with larger hands)

You can find an article about their results here.

If you need additional advice on how to use your computer with tremors, please visit this page. They also offer a helpline if you prefer discussing options over the phone.

Hopefully those suggestions help you to bridge the time until GyroGlove is ready. May you find the best way to keep enjoying the digital experience.