Mouth-controlled stylus makes touch devices accessible to disabled users

Much the way the Splash line of games uses special controllers to increase accessibility for disabled kids, so the Griffin MouthStick Stylus aims to provide wider access to touchscreen devices. Specifically, the mouth-controlled stylus aims to help those with limited use of their hands enjoy the benefits of smartphones and tablets based on touch technology.

The Griffin MouthStick is a capacitive touchscreen stylus that is designed to be held in the mouth. Using it, people with fine motor impairments can comfortably manipulate both touchscreens and buttons. Designed in collaboration with physicians and those with disabilities, Griffin’s MouthStick Stylus comprises four parts: a food-grade stainless steel mouthpiece, BPA- and latex-free silicone rubber mouthpiece sleeves, a conductive silicone rubber tip, and an adjustable aluminum gooseneck shaft. The device’s well-balanced design allows the stick to be held comfortably in the mouth without causing strain or discomfort, its Tennessee-based maker says; non-latex sleeves slip onto the wings of the mouthpiece, meanwhile, and are removable for easy cleaning and sterilization.

Compatible with touchscreen interfaces, laptop keyboards, and Apple’s Magic Trackpad, the Griffin MouthStick is priced at USD 29.99. Tech and disabilities-focused retailers around the globe: one to get involved in?


Spotted by: Murtaza Patel

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