Mobile Text Messaging Interface for Persons with Physical Disabilities
C. Yang (National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan), L. Chuang (I-Shou University, Taiwan), C. Yang (National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Taiwan) and J. Chang (National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Taiwan)
Copyright: © 2007
Morse code has been shown to be a valuable tool in assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication, and rehabilitation for some people with various conditions such as spinal cord injuries, non-vocal quadriplegics, and visual or hearing impairments. In this article, a mobile phone human-interface system using a Morse code input device is designed and implemented for the person with disabilities to send/receive SMS (simple message service) messages or make/respond to a phone call. The proposed system is divided into three parts: input module, control module, and display module. The data format of the signal transmission between the proposed system and the communication devices is the PDU (protocol description unit) mode. Experimental results revealed that three participants with disabilities were able to operate the mobile phone through this human-interface after four weeks’ practice.