The GlassOuse Assistive Device allows you to operate any Bluetooth device. So you can use it with your smartphone, your PC, tablet, or anything that has Bluetooth enabled.
If you have difficulty using your hands and arms it can be a struggle to operate a computer. Assistive technology, like GlassOuse, can help to make using your PC a lot easier.
I first saw GlassOuse at Naidex where I got to try it out. They were still trying to raise money for its development on Indiegogo at that stage. But I was so impressed by it that I decided to pledge money towards it, and I was one of the first people to start using one… and I haven’t been disappointed!
GlassOuse with any Windows, LINUX and android devices or even smart TVs that have Bluetooth enabled. It is incredibly easy to set up as it doesn’t need any software installing. You literally just have to make sure Bluetooth is enabled, pair it up with the device and away you go.
If you work in an office or in a college environment where they may need to access a number of different PCs, I think you will find GlassOuse especially useful. Instead of installing specialist software on all of them you can access any of them just by using GlassOuse. Simple!
GlassOuse is not affected by sunlight as it works by Bluetooth not infrared, so I can have my room as bright as I want. The mouse movement is faster and more sensitive, plus it’s much easier and quicker to click. I can click by biting on the blue bit in the photograph below. So as I can click by myself I don’t need to use Softype as much.
The GlassOuse is particularly good for playing on PC or smart phone games that require fast mouse movements. I can now play games like Age of Empires or Angry Birds easily. The swift movement of the mouse and the ease of clicking mean that I can respond quickly to events in the game.
Before I found GlassOuse I had no way of using my smart phone independently; I had to get a carer to do it for me. But now I can do anything on it myself such as taking a photo, browsing the Internet, or playing Angry Birds. It has literally opened up a world of possibilities that were previously out of bounds for me.
Have a look at the video below of me using my phone with the GlassOuse:
Although I think the GlassOuse is great it does have some limitations.
Firstly, you can’t right click with it. The bite click only acts as the left click function, so in order to right click I still need to use softype or Dragon. GlassOuse and Softype work together quite well so it’s a reasonably good, although not ideal solution. I have mentioned this to the company that make it and they said they are going to try to solve the problem in future versions.
Secondly, the GlassOuse sits on top of my glasses which in turn puts a lot of pressure on my nose, making it a bit sore after extended use. So I have to be careful not to use the GlassOuse for too many hours at a time to try to stop my nose getting sore.
The GlassOuse doesn’t work with the iPhone because the source code wasn’t available for the company to use.
I found GlassOuse to be much easier to use than SmartNAV, which I had used previously.
The problems with SmartNAV
Until I bought the GlassOuse I had just been using SmartNAV to move the mouse, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking to type. SmartNAV uses an infrared camera, that sits on the top of the monitor, to track a reflective dot on my glasses. When I move my head in any direction the mouse moves accordingly. This works well for me but it does have some limitations.
One of the biggest problems with SmartNAV that I can’t click using it, so I also need to use a program called Softype which automatically clicks whenever the mouse is stationary. The problem is I have to hold my head completely still for it to click which is not always easy. Plus sometimes there’s a delay before it clicks so it’s not always as quick as I would like it to be.
Also if I want to right click I need to click on a different setting before it will do so, and same with dragging. So it’s not the most effortless way to operate the mouse.
Plus the infrared camera for Smart NAV is affected by outside light, so the window directly opposite my computer interferes with it when it’s sunny. So in the summer I often need to keep the blinds closed to stop the mouse going haywire. Unfortunately this makes me look like a hermit sitting alone in a dark cave.
The GlassOuse is in my opinion a fantastic device. The fact that you can easily connect it and then independently operate any Bluetooth enabled device, including smart TVs, I think it is amazing.
For me it means I am not just limited to using my PC at home. I could go to a library for example, and independently use a computer there without installing any specialist software.
Yes, there are a few problems with GlassOuse that need improving. But in my opinion the pros outweigh the cons.