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Inexpensive or Free Head & Eye Tracking Software

Posted by Denise Bandl, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP is the CEO of AdaptiveTechSolutions.com on

For individuals that have lost the ability to use a standard mouse to control their computer, there are several low cost or no cost alternatives. It seems these methods work best when the target areas (the spots where you click) are larger, requiring less precise movements.


To move the mouse around the screen without using your hands, you need to have software and a tracking device.

Head tracking software to move the mouse around the screen:

Eye tracking software to move the mouse around the screen

  • ITU Gaze Tracker free Windows software works with a webcam or videocamera with nightvision and infrared illumination.
  • myEYE is a free eye tracking program for use on Windows with a high resolution webcam
  • Open Gazer is free eye gaze software for Linux that works with a webcam
  • EyeWriter low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom open-source software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis to draw using only their eyes.
  • OpenEyes open-source open-hardware toolkit for low-cost real-time eye tracking
  • TrackEye Real-Time Tracking Of Human Eyes Using a Webcam. Implemented in C++ using the OpenCV library.

iPad apps for navigation 

  • MagicReader app A Touch-Free book reader. You can flip through pages just by turning your head! Turn your face sideways to move pages, just as if you were touching the screen. Compatible Formats: * PDF, Zip, and CBZ files. * Compatible image file formats are: .jpg .png .gif .tiff and .bmp More formats will be supported in near future! MagicReader runs on the 1st generation iPad, but the "touch-free" mode is only compatible with devices with a front-camera.