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An approach to using a laser pointer as a mouse

Aizeboje, Jeremiah; Peng, Taoxin


Jeremiah Aizeboje


Modern technologies have evolved to present different ways users can interact with computers. Nowadays, computers and projectors are commonly used in teaching and presentations, in which the mouse and the USB wireless presenter are two of the main presentation devices. However, the USB wireless presenter, usually a laser pointer, cannot simulate the movement of a mouse but only simulate the actions of a right and left arrow key. This paper proposes a novel approach to allowing users to interact with a computer from a distance without the need of a mouse, but instead using a laser pointing device, a projector and a web camera, by developing a novel screen detection method (based on a simple pattern recognition technique), a laser detection method, and an accuracy algorithm to control the accuracy of the movement of the mouse cursor. The test results confirmed the laser pointer could be used to simulate the movement of the mouse as well as mouse clicks with very high accuracy. It could also be potentially used in a gaming environment.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
Start Date Apr 27, 2015
End Date Apr 30, 2015
Publication Date Apr 27, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 4, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 543-552
Book Title Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems Volume 2
ISBN 9789897580963; 9789897580970; 9789897580987
Keywords Blob Detection; Edge Detection; Corner Recognition; Thresholding; Quadrilateral Transformation;
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