[Accessibility] Controlling Linux with breathing tools

Janina Sajka janina at a11y.org
Fri Mar 7 16:13:44 PST 2008

I think this is covered pretty well in the Gnome Onscreen Keyboard

Gok is frequently used in conjunction with dasher. The Gok maintainer,
David Bolter:

David Bolter <david.bolter at utoronto.ca>

can provide more specifics.

Basically, Gok creates smart on screen displays based on context aware
available options. It can be driven by any number of alternative input
devices, including sip and puff (breathing) switches.

You can simulate gok by not using the ball of a USB mouse. To really
make sure, one might rip the ball out and use only the clickers. So, any
device that can provide a click event could do the same. That's the
principle behind gok.



Thomas Kingg writes:
> A buddy of mine, Ken Starks, set up a computer for a child that is only
> able to control her computer with a breathing tube. Ken states the
> technology (hardware and software) is proprietary but works just fine
> within Linux. 
> This piqued my interest and will be writing an article on Linux.com
> concerning this. However, since it is not FOSS, I also wanted to see
> what projects are covering this kind of technology in A11y and their
> status is. 
> Please direct me to the right person if this is feasible. 
> Thanks!
> Tom King

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