Mouse gain / cursor speed
This feature determines how far and how quickly the pointer travels on the screen compared to how far the mouse is moved.
Discussion by Disabilities
Adjustable pointer settings allow people with physical disabilities to tailor pointer behavior to their needs, which may vary greatly from one individual to another. This feature may be most helpful for those with limited mobility who cannot make large mouse movements or to filter out erratic movements caused by hand tremors.
Please note that these products are not necessarily endorsed by RtF, but represent the range of available options.
- Most operating systems allow the user to adjust gain and speed of the mouse.
Free, not necessarily open source
These products are free to use, but may have strict restrictions on viewing and modifying source code.
Related Research and Papers
- Toward Goldilocks’ pointing device: determining a “just right” gain setting for users with physical impairments – Koester, H.H., LoPresti, E., and Simpson, R.C. (2005)
- The Angle Mouse: Target-Agnostic Dynamic Gain Adjustment Based on Angular Deviation- Wobbrock, J.O., Fogarty, J., Liu, S., Kimuro, S. and Harada, S. (2009).
- Comparison of Three Computer Scanning Modes as an Interface Method for Persons With Cerebral Palsy- Jennifer Angelo
- Development and evaluation of a flexible interface for a wheelchair mounted robotic arm- Katherine Tsui, Holly Yanco, David Kontak, Linda Beliveau
- Cursor measures for motion-impaired computer users- Simeon Keates, Faustina Hwang, Patrick Langdon, P. John Clarkson, Peter Robinson
- Best practices for serving students with disabilities- Sue Samson