This article was inspired by Linus Tech Tips' video about mouth operated mouse technology (video here). While they usually give comprehensive information about product types, this video they seemed more focused on one very expensive option. To support those seeking alternatives that may not have a budget to accomodate such a product, let's explore what other options are available (and possibilities for future affordability as well).
There are, however, other options to consider that may actually have more functionality for less cost. For a commercial option comparable to the QuadJoy, there's the QuadStick used by popular YouTube and Twitch Let's Play entertainer, RockyNoHands (check out pcgamer's article on his story here).
The QuadStick features three holes to suck or puff, as well as the ability to create motions just like the QuadJoy. Additionally, there is a button on the device that can be pressed with the lips for even more combination possibilities. For a comparable kit, the starting cost for a QuadStick original with a flexible mounting arm is currently just over $500. That's a huge price difference, and one that may make the technology more available for those in need.
Even less expensive is the open source option. For about $50 in materials and the freely available knowledge of how to build it, the basic sip and puff concept can be created at home. Another DIY instruction has been around on Thingaverse for three years, without adequate exposure. That necessary exposure would easily open up a whole new platform for the future availability of the technology.
If charities knew the technology was freely available AND highly desired, it's possible this technology could be available to even the lower income individuals with no means to pay for the higher priced options. True, the DIY module may not be as 'spiffy' as the commercial versions and lack the same support for the devices, but for those trapped in a body they literally cannot contol that may not be as important as simply having something to interact more freely with the world.
If those like RockyNoHands and Stephen Hawking have proven anything, it's that physical limitations do not have to limit an individual's ability to provide value to society. Those that lack the means to afford devices like the mouth operated mouse can still be part of the world, assuming they are aware of their options to do so.
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