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Professor Creates Computer Access for Users of All Abilities

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Clark University student Rafael Zuniga and Professor John Magee

Professor John Magee (left) with a Clark University student in 2017.

Credit: Clark University

A love of online role-playing and virtual environments helped Clark University Professor of Computer Science John Magee discover ways to enhance human-computer interaction for people living with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, brain injury, and other conditions.

It started as an undergraduate at Boston College with a project called Camera Mouse, developed with professors and fellow students. The technology gives people who can't move their hands or feet the ability to control the mouse pointer on a Windows computer by moving their head.

He more recently developed a headband that can serve the function of a computer mouse via an embedded sensor. A person wearing the headband can raise their eyebrows to initiate a click.

"As a computer scientist, this is what excites me, the human reaction to what's going on with technology," Magee says. "This is what I like to develop, and these are the kinds of things I want to give to people."

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