What Is an Electronic Pointing Device, How Is It Used, and Why?
By Dean Patterson
Published October 23, 2020
There are many adaptive technologies on the market today that make readily available devices such as a keyboard or a mouse compatible to any person, allowing them the freedom to use all the resources of a computer. While it is helpful to recognize the specific needs of an individual, it is more important to focus on the task to be completed and how that person’s abilities, assisted with adaptive technology, can be used to accomplish the goal or task.
The needs or desires for successfully using a computer varies by the individual. Specific individual accommodations can be explored that provide access to software or to a specific device.
Access to the computer
An input device allows a user to interact with a computer by converting fine human motor skill responses, performed on an input device, into signals a computer processes. Along those lines, and more specifically now, a pointing device is a type of input [...]