Jeffrey Fisher, of Houston, recognized that the typewriter-like keyboard used to enter data into most computers presents an obstacle to many handicapped persons, so he developed a remarkable system that allows data entry without a keyboard.
Fisher's "Menu Assisted Data Entry System" allows the use of external switches in place of the keyboard. It was designed for the Model III computer. The entry was one of the top thirty national-prize-winning entries In the Johns Hopkins search.
The system presents the user with an on-screen "menu" of letters, numbers, punctuation, special characters and commands. Then, using special switches that respond to chin movement, head pressure or puffs of breath, for example, the handicapped person can eventually build complete messages and print, transmit or otherwise communicate them.
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