A miniaturised and lightweight head-operated mouse for easy AAC access
Tracker Pro is a mouse replacement device that enables people with little or no hand movement to perform all mouse functions by moving their head.
Simply plug it in and it works just like a mouse (no additional software required).
The fourth generation in the head pointing device family from Madentec, Tracker Pro makes computer access even smaller and more compact than with the TrackerOne and Tracker 2000. It operates from the USB port of your computer or compatible AAC device and gives you the freedom to be completely mobile without need of battery packs or power adapters. Tracker Pro incorporates all the dependability and function you trust from Tracker One and 2000 but has made mounting so much easier.
Tracker Pro is ideally suited to persons with, but not limited to: quadriplegia, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease (ALS), Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and any other disability where the user has little or no control of their hands to use a standard mouse.
How Does It Work?
Plug Tracker Pro into the mouse/USB port (instead of a mouse) and mount it on top of a computer screen, laptop, or augmentative communication device. Tracker Pro’s high-resolution intelligent camera – in a solid aluminum enclosure – then tracks a tiny reflective dot worn on your forehead or glasses. When you move your head, Tracker Pro elegantly converts that into computer mouse movement, and you move your mouse cursor. Clicking can be accomplished by using ability switches, or dwell click software such as Dwell Clicker 2, MagicCursor2000 or WISP. Dwell technology, built into many AAC devices also works to let you click.
A Tracker in the Palm of Your Hand
Tracker Pro is the smallest model in the Tracker family, yet still featuring all of the Tracker Series’ smoothness, accuracy, performance in outdoor light, price, ease of use and mounting. It is ideal for clients that want to use their head movement to access their computer or communication device.
Miniaturised by customer’s request and still retaining superb mounting and adjustability of the Tracker bigger brothers. Fits in the palm of your hand.
Mounting Tracker Pro has never been easier. With the small size of Tracker Pro you will be able to mount it to your desktop, laptop or Augmentative Communication device quickly and efficiently. The lighter weight of Tracker Pro, allows it to be mounted using channel lock (or “super Velcro”) to provide a very strong, yet easily detachable mount. The popular hook mount can also be used.
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Tracker Pro Benefits and Features
- Built-in Switch Jack
The switch jack is moulded into the unique USB cable. This means less cabling and a cleaner connection coming from the body of the unit.
- Hi-Res CCD Camera
Ultra smooth, pixel perfect tracking. You can use Tracker Pro for drawing, drafting, or any other application requiring fine cursor control
- 45 Degree Field of View
You can sit anywhere that is comfortable in front of the computer, and Tracker Pro will automatically find you.
- Smaller and Weighing Less than Its Predecessors
Flexible mounting and outstanding adjustability means Tracker Pro is much easier for the therapist to position and much easier for the individual to use. You can use the same Tracker Pro on any type of computer: desktop, laptop or AAC device.
- Horizontal or Vertical Mounting
You can use Tracker Pro on any type of computer: desktop, laptop or on an AAC device. The swivel camera ball makes it very easy for pointing the camera. You can mount to a laptop using the included “hook” or the Dual Lock which is similar to Velcro, but much stronger.
- USB Interface
Standard across all platforms, USB simplifies you connection. Tracker Pro is compatible with all systems that accept mouse input.
- Plug and Play
No software is required. Just plug Tracker Pro into the USB port of your computer like a mouse and you’re done.
- Sunlight Compatibility
No more annoying jumpiness due to interference from sunlight – in fact, you can even use Tracker Pro in direct sunlight.
- Intellipoint Compatible
You can scroll easily by simply moving your head up and down – much easier than constantly having to click on the scroll buttons.
- Front LED Indicators
Small lights on the front make it easy to know when Tracker Pro sees a dot and when it is powered up.
- Joystick Mode
Even if you don’t have perfect head control (such as people with CP), you can move the cursor accurately using Tracker Pro’s joystick mode.
Tracker Pro and DiscoverPro
DiscoverPro includes a point-and-click onscreen keyboard to be used with Tracker Pro. Either the dwell function (resting on key until it selects) or the click function can be used to activate a key. Several keyboards are included or you can use TemplateMaker 2 to make custom keyboards.
What about using a Tracker Pro with AAC Electronic Communication Devices?
Tracker Pro is a USB-only device. It is compatible with computers with a USB port and many speech generating devices, including the following:
- DynaVox Vmax+, DynaVox Vmax
- DynaVox V+, DynaVox V
- DynaVox Maestro
- DynaVox MT4
- DynaVox DV4
- Optimist 3
- Tablet XL Impact
- Freedom 2000 series
In general, if a communication device’s system is computer-based and supports a mouse, there is a good chance that Tracker Pro will work with it. Tracker Pro is a mouse and uses standard Microsoft mouse drivers, so the computer (or electronic communication device) shouldn’t be able to detect whether a Tracker Pro or mouse is plugged into its mouse port.
You can select/click using Dwell or choose from a variety of other ability switches.
Tracker Pro Specifications
- Size: 5.08cm X 5.08cm X 8.25cm (2” X 2” X 3.25”)
- Weight: 113 grams (0.25 lb)
- Input Voltage: 5 V from USB port
- Power: 1.15 Watts
- Field of View: 45°, symmetric
- Lens: Focus Free
- Operating Temperature: 0-40°C
- Mouse Input Compatibility: USB
- Infrared Transmission wavelength: 850 nano-meters
- Switch Input: 3.5mm, stereo jack
What’s in the Box?
- Tracker Pro with attached cable
- Universal Mounting bracket
- Standard Hook
- Extra Dual Lock for mounting
- Tracker Dots
- Stereo cable adapter
- Demo software CD
- Registration card
- User guide
This product is available for trial through Spectronics’ Equipment Trial Scheme.
Please click here for more information about this scheme and for equipment trial forms.
Videos about Tracker Pro
- Guinness World Records Attempt for "FastestHands-Free Typing" video (YouTube, January 2011) - Using a Tracker Pro, Sip-Puff switch and SWYPE onscreen keyboard
- Tracker Pro demonstration YouTube video
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Tracker Pro is targeted at the following age ranges:
- Mid Primary
- Upper Primary
- Secondary School
Tracker Pro is designed to foster development in the areas of:
- Access to computers
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