Thursday, April 01, 2010
Sunshine and Brainwaves.
Gareth's Photos From Wales.
Another spring day of changeable weather one minute it is sunny the next the wind is back up and whipping down the road in fine mid winter style.
Have been quite busy this afternoon, had two appointments one with the woman from a software company called HESERVIS which has Brain Fingers and other gadgets for handicapped people.
My other appointment is with Mathilde, my physiotherapist
Seems that Brain Fingers is not as clever as I had thought it was on the site and on the site of the parent company in the US, where I read that it is directed by brainwaves.
The woman from the company gave me the idea that it was much simpler software that meant you could control the mouse with either your eye brow or your eyes or brain waves.
She had a laptop and she tried to show me how it worked and I now think it is a slightly more sophisticated version of the Head Mouse which controls the mouse with a tiny reflective sticker on forehead or glasses.
It does not seem to be able to interpret brain signals and translate thoughts into text which is a big shame.
Wonder where I got that idea from must be the name it does seem to suggest more to me than only moving the mouse.
Still think it must do more, just can not imagine Steven Hawking using software where he has to point at every letter in turn in or for him to write a lengthy essay.
Obviously I need to find out more, sadly had no time to see what else the software could do as my second appointment arrived on time.
Think Ann will com back another time and show me more of what Brain Fingers can do, think I shall investigate my Dragon software to see what else you can do but record speech into text.
Also need to investigate the Head Mouse and learn how that works, so plenty to do before Ann comes back again.
Tomorrow I have my last business appointment with my ergotherapist, believe that is Occupational therapist in English.
We are going to discuss an omgevings besturing in Dutch; it is a small gadget with a touch screen.
Which helps to dial phone nrs and switch on the radio or TV and it can also open doors and curtains.
We are also going to discuss the bed, seems there are two things that would help me enormously.
One is being able to raise the knees which would mean that my posture and position in bed would be better.
Heard from Mathilde that it is possible to get a bed which goes up at the head end and swivels back so with the knees up it helps you to sit well.
This would be a great innovation in my life, it would greatly benefit both myself and Richie, we shall see whether Johanneke says is possible tomorrow.
Well it is 17.40 and the sun has finally come out, it is an exceptionally cold day, with a bitter wind and until now only a rumour of sun in Belgium not here.
Now it is nearly 19 pm and the sun is stll shining now and everything looks much better which instantly makes everything much better.