At the request of the Disabled American Veterans, Dr. Rory Cooper and his colleagues at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Human Engineering Research Lab have invented a novel computer mouse modification for upper limb amputees who use a hook-type prosthetic. The patent-pending design is available for license to companies that would manufacture it for sales.
Veterans who use a hook-type end effector with their upper extremity prosthetic device have a difficult time moving a mouse or trackball or activating the buttons.
This new device modifies an existing mouse with a 3D-printed cover that makes it easy for the user to grasp with a hook, and to operate the switches by tilting the shell.
This invention offers a low-cost alternative for computer access and significantly improves the quality of life of its users, as computers are often necessary for work, leisure, and communication.
The VA lab is printing a limited number of mouse covers to gain user feedback while TechLink, in partnership with the VA Technology Transfer Program, finds a company to license and manufacture the device for sales to the public.
Veterans who volunteer to help the VA test the current prototype can contact:
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
US Department of Veterans Affairs
6425 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
- Prototypes have been printed and are available for review
- Low production costs
- Easy to manufacture
- Businesses can productize the invention for commercial sales by licensing the patent-pending design from the VA
- A business that licenses the invention may further collaborate with the inventor on the final product
- License fees paid to the VA are negotiable
- TechLink navigates businesses through licensing at no charge