All along some of us look at the computer mouse in the non-visual environment as a nice and pretty piece of décor. In contrast, some others perceive this modality in the world of technology as a “lifesaver”, since all they need to do on their computer is just point and click. A task that is so easy for sighted people, but not so much for the blind. Conversely, if I am one of those who have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or if today I just do not feel like typing, I still do not have the luxury as a blind person of easily switching to that strange pointing device. Strange? Of course strange. The fact remained, the computer mouse assist more than a trillion people around the globe, but fails to become a friend to a single blind person. That alone made the computer mouse more of a stranger to someone who has a vision issue. Should we blame the mouse; or should we blame the designer?
We believe that every constructed Human-Computer Interaction in the sighted world could be remapped into another adapted format of accessible interaction in the non-visual environment. In ’99 at UC Berkeley, we had introduced the first Computer Aided Drawing tool (CAD) for the blind that was called IC2D. We then presented a solution to the dilemma of drawing in the dark by remapping the interaction process of “looking, pointing, and clicking” into a Grid-based interface coupled with voice synthesis.
When we first started Click-Click 2C in 2016, our aim was to create a method to give blind individuals the means to use the computer mouse as a reading modality. The first version of 2C gave them the ability to employ the mouse while reading lines of text on their talking computers. Over the last several years, the idea of the 2C Mouse grew bigger and it became a powerful standalone program.
Today Click-Click 2C is a complete navigation Mouse-based system. The 2C mouse offers a comprehensive set of features, to help beginners and advance blind users accomplish a large variety of their computing tasks. The system introduces three powerful talking menus (in clear human voices) serving adults and children. 2C is designed for blind and low-vision adults who are not familiar with the computer keyboard. It is also designed for blind and low-vision children who like computer gaming and those who need to accomplish professional tasks. Moreover, the 2C mouse can be used by sighted and blind computer users simultaneously. 2C is offered in more than nine different languages, utilizes the computer screen reader for navigation, and is supported by the Windows platform.
We have much bigger dreams for ClickClick 2C that are just waiting to see the morning sunlight. And this is only the beginning!
Companies collaborated with us: WeLocalize
We are grateful to ICQ.com for giving us the sole permission to use their “OO” sound file.
Thanks to Lawrence Osiris for sharing with us his web expertise.
Many thanks to Karla for making the 2C Spanish version come to reality.
Our appreciation goes to Seohyeon for his hard work on the 2C Korean version.