Monday, February 15, 2010
Communication is what makes life good and worthwhile.
Yesterday I wrote that I intended to write about how it feels living with my primary progressive MS until I have problems.
Even then I want to keep on writing first with the help of Dragon Naturally Speaking; this is a good voice recognition software.
You do have to practice quite a lot so that the software can understand and recognise your voice and build up data which will help in writing.
Once I have problems with my voice I will use the Brain fingers software.
This is software where you wear a headband which they, the software makers say can read your brain waves and translate them into language.
It is brilliant to know that this possibility exists
I am planning to ask for a demonstration of the software, would like to see how it works.
Am very curious how it feels to be able to write your thoughts, think Brain fingers sounds like the way to express yourself fully.
On the Brainfingers website they say this is how it works:
Brainfingers hardware and software allow you to control your computer totally hands-free.
You wear a headband which detects electrical signals from your facial muscles, eye movements, and brainwaves.
The software decodes these signals into virtual fingers or Brainfingers which trigger mouse and keyboard events to control the software.
People with severe and multiple disabilities have success with the Brainfingers system.
Computer access has been achieved by persons with disabilities such as CP, ALS, MD, MS, TBI, and Spinal Cord Injury.
I think it sounds very good, I have just sent a mail to the Dutch company asking them for a demonstration of the software.
Hope to be able to keep typing for awhile yet but notice everyday that it is becoming more of a struggle for me.
Moving the mouse is beginning to feel like I am rolling a large boulder up an endless high hill and often I do not get there.
The mouse often falls from my hand and points in the wrong direction and I have to ask Richie to come in here and put it where I can use it again.
The there are times when my right index finger won’t move at all and I can move the mouse but not click on anything.
This horribly frustrating, sitting here in bed with a laptop which is of no use to me at all because my fingers have stopped being fingers and are twitching and gyrating because of mixed up nerve signals.
At the moment hand/finger functions do return, althgough they are pretty rudimentary but very effecative as I am still in contact with the blog world.
Long may that continue, having a voice is so important, realise now that communication is what makes life good and worthwhile.