Software For Shaky Hands

Hi Fred, Probably not very interesting to most of your readers, but for those with shaky hands (aka a tremor) like me this can be very good news. I found this software application called Mousecage. Its intention is to help people with hand tremor control their computer mouse. As you will understand, using a computer mouse is often impossible for people with a hand tremor. At first, Mousecage needed some getting used to, but once I did that, it helped me enormously. For the first time in ages, I can now handle the mouse without frustration! I found Mousecage mentioned on a Dutch website, but the company that developed Mousecage is UK based (I think) and has an English website: http://www.mousecage.org .

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By the way: Many people associate tremor with Parkinson’s disease, but there are a number of potential causes including ‘essential tremor’ (ET: http://www.essentialtremor.org/ ), which I suffer from. Here in Holland it is called ‘familiar tremor’. It is estimated that in the United States alone, ET affects 10 million people, almost 3% of the population. Anyway, I hope this helps some fellow tremorers! —Martin van der Donck

Thanks, Martin. My hat’s off to you and people like you. PCs can be hard enough to deal with just on their own; it takes an impressive amount of spirit and determination for people to overcome physical impediments as well.

Mousecage is made by a London-based company called Tunic Software, which charges $29.95 for it and offers a free trial version.

Fred Langa

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Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.