Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Tremor Touch: Touchscreen Input Method for Users with Hand Tremor

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Summary of the technology

Tremor Touch: Touchscreen Input Method for Users with Hand Tremor
Project ID : 10-2015-3207

Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University
Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University
Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Description of the technology

Categories

Machine Learning, DSP, Computer-Human Interaction, Touch Screens, Tablets, Motor Impairment, Muscular Tremor, Accessibility

Development Stage

Proof of concept, ongoing research, development, and algorithm improvement

Patent Status

Provisional patent filed

Market

17 million people globally suffer from Cerebral Palsy and an additional 10 million suffer from Parkinson’s. Military and industrial markets may also be relevant

Highlights

  • Muscle tremors can affect users' ability to accurately manipulate touch screen icons, leading to frustration, lost productivity, and social exclusion.

  • We eliminate the “noise” produced by the tremor and allow individuals with tremor to be able to use a touch-screen tablet device exactly like everyone else

  • Solution is transparent and not obvious to user or intrusive in any way to the user experience

Contact Point vs. Target Point in absence of tremor

Contact Points vs. Target Point for user with Parkinson's disease. Yellow point is deduced by our algorithm

Our innovation

We run a software layer underneath the tablet’s UI. The software collects all the “noisy” touches and uses noise-reduction techniques to extract the intended input. This allows a user to use a tablet UI even with shaky hands.

Results of our algorithm: Images on the left show target (pink) and contact points (blue) for user with Parkinson’s. Images on the right show target (pink) and our result (yellow).

Key features

  • Our software neutralizes the effect of the tremor on the user input.

  • Input is interpreted in real time, causing no perceptible delays.

  • Input processing is transparent to the user: There is no need to learn any new technique or tool. The user interaction is the same as anyone else’s.

  • Our solution is personalized and can deal with different kinds of tremor patterns

Development Milestones

  • Seeking funding for ongoing research and development, industrial collaboration, and/or launch.

Opportunity

  • Makes tablets accessible to users with tremors, facilitating social and economic inclusion and improving quality of life for millions of users

  • Holds potential for enabling touch-screen usage in shaky environments (such as turbulent air, sea or space travel)

Project manager

Tamir Huberman
VP Business Dev. Computer Science & IT Director

Project researchers

Aviva Dayan
HUJI, School of Computer Science and Engineering

Yuval Kochman
HUJI, School of Computer Science and Engineering

Ido Elad
HUJI, School of Computer Science and Engineering

Related keywords

  • Information Processing, Information System, Workflow Management
  • IT and Telematics Applications
  • Multimedia
  • Computers
  • Computer Graphics Related
  • Specialised Turnkey Systems
  • Scanning Related
  • Peripherals
  • Computer Services
  • Computer Software Market
  • Other Computer Related
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • medical applications

About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Technology Transfer Office from Israel

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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