Pointing means moving or positioning the mouse cursor / pointer on the display screen. We recommend that the user try out the various pointing settings described below and adjust them as per their individual preference.
On the Microsoft Windows Operating System (for Pre v1.3 versions only)
In Pre v1.3 versions of Smyle Mouse, it is recommended to do the following changes to Windows’ mouse settings. (Note that v1.3 does this automatically for you.)
1. Turn off the “Enhance Pointer Precision” on the Pointer Options tab of the Mouse Properties window.
For Windows 7 & 8, Mouse Properties can be accessed via Start->Control Panel- >Mouse.
For Windows 10, Mouse Properties can be accessed via Start->Settings->Devices- >Mouse & touchpad->Additional Mouse Options.
2. Set the “Pointer Speed” slider bar (on the same tab above) to be in the center.
Doing both the above provides easier pointer control for a beginner user.
On the Smyle Mouse window
“Mouse Motion Mode” allows multiple ways for moving the mouse pointer. Choose one of the options below.
1. “Always” - This is the default mode and is recommended for beginners. In this mode, the mouse will tend to move every time the user moves their head. (Whether or not it will actually move will depend on other settings such as Head Tremor and Mouse Stickiness which is discussed below.)
2. “With Smile” – In this mode, the mouse pointer will start moving based on head motion only if the user is also simultaneously smiling (while initiating the head motion). Once the pointer starts moving, the user can stop smiling and the pointer will continue to move as long as the user keeps on continuously moving their head. The pointer will dwell park once the user stops moving their head and stop smiling.
The benefit of the “With Smile” mode is that the user has greater control on when the mouse pointer starts moving. This leads to higher comfort and productivity. However, additional skill and/or practice may be required to get proficient in this mode.
On the Settings window [Pointing tab]
Mouse Sensitivity – Adjust this so that the user is able to move the mouse end to end on the display screen with only moderate and comfortable head motion.
A larger setting in Y direction (with respect to the X direction) is recommended. This is because typically people have less range of head motion in the Y direction.
Head Tremor Filter – Set this to the lowest setting the user can work with. We recommend a setting of 2 or 3 if the user has no tremor and has good control over their head.
Smaller values of this setting provide finer and smoother control over the cursor. Higher settings are recommended for users without sufficient head control or with head tremor.
Dwell Park Time – Recommended default is about 800 milliseconds.
Increase this time if the user seems to need more time to place the cursor precisely. Decrease this time for faster dwell parking.
After the user gets a feel of the dwell park mechanism, they can turn off the “Animate Dwell Park” option in Preferences tab.
Mouse Stickiness – The concept of mouse stickiness allows the user to naturally move their head without the mouse pointer leaving its parked location on the screen. This setting indicates the threshold head motion (speed) needed to make the parked mouse pointer move again. For example, to move and park the mouse pointer at the top right corner of the display screen the user would move their head in the top right direction. Once the mouse pointer is dwell parked, they can move the head back to a more comfortable position. The mouse will stay in the parked location as long as the user moves their head back slowly at a speed less than the threshold defined by the Mouse Stickiness setting.
1. Default setting is 20. Lower settings allows to restart the mouse motion more easily, but make it harder to leave the mouse parked at a particular location. High settings do the reverse. We recommend the user experiment with this setting to find their sweet spot.
2. Many users prefer to not have mouse stickiness when using an on-screen keyboard. Smyle Mouse therefore disables mouse stickiness automatically when it detects that the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) is active and the pointer is over the OSK window. The “Disable Mouse Stickiness when using On-Screen Keyboard” checkbox is provided to control this automatic disablement.
3. This concept provides user convenience and reduces the chances of neck strain. It can also improve user productivity by eliminating the effort required to constantly manage the location of the pointer.