LipSyncs

LipSync Switch Input Module

Overview

The LipSync Switch Input Module enables a LipSync to be modified for use with two assistive switches instead of sip and puff. This adaptation can be useful for users who find using the standard LipSync mouthpiece difficult, such as those with Parkinson’s or ALS. The LipSync Switch Input Module can be used to convert the LipSync, LipSync Wireless, LipSync Gaming, or LipSync Macro.

Usage

Two assistive switches are connected to the corresponding jack on the splitter cable. One switch will be used to emulate sip input and the other switch will emulate puff input.

Build Instruction

The LipSync Switch Input Module consists of a 3D Printed Circuit Board and some commercially available electronics, cables, and cable adapter. You will also require a LipSync with a Switch Input Compatible Enclosure.

Bill of Materials

1X 3D Printed Circuit Board (34 min print; 2.5 g filament; ~$0.06)

1X Header, 4-Position Straight Female ($0.63)

2X Resistor, 10K Ohm, 1/4W Mini Axial Through-Hole ($0.14 ea)

2X Resistor, 100K Ohm, 1/4W Mini Axial Throuh-Hole ($0.14 ea)

1X Cable Tie

1X 3.5 mm Cable, Female, Stereo, 6 ft

1X Breakout Cable, 3.5 mm TRSM to Dual 3.5 mm TSF Breakout Cable ($16.46, e.g. Amazon)*

* There are two types of 3.5 mm splitters that appear very similar. The type required for this device separates the left and right channels into mono connections. This is different than the type that is more commonly available and often used for sharing sound between two users. Make sure you get the correct one.

Build Instructions

A comprehensive Assembly Guide is available as part of the linked files or through the GitHub repository. Once the Switch Input Module is assembled, the LipSync will need to be disassembled and the Pressure Sensor PCB replaced with the Switch Input Module. The 3D Printed Rear Housing will also need to be swapped with a version that is compatible with Switch Input. The LipSync is then reassembled so that both the USB cable and the Switch Input cable come out of the LipSync enclosure.

Attribution

Design and Documentation by Makers Making Change.

PAMS LipSync Desk Mount

The LipSync Desk Mount provides a low cost, adjustable configuration to mount the LipSync to a flat surface like a table or desk. The Lipsync can be attached directly to the PVC or through a couple of different options to provide more adjustability. The mount attaches to the surface using two c-clamps, which can be purchased in different sizes to accommodate different desk and table thicknesses. The LipSync Desk Mount is part of the PVC Assistive Mounting System (PAMS).

The PVC Assistive Mounting System is a collection of readily available commercial-off-the-shelf components and 3D printed components that can be assembled into various configurations to provide mounting solutions for assistive technology.

All of the files and the documentation can be found using the GitHub links below.

If you are new to working with PVC, there are some good resources to help with how to cut, attach, and finish PVC quickly and safely.

 

LipSync Macro

Overview

The LipSync Macro is a mouth operated input device that allows a person with minimal head and neck movement to control a computer or smartphone. All the electronics are housed in the ‘head’ of the device so there are no additional control boxes, making the LipSync a good candidate for portable, wheelchair-mounted applications. The mouthpiece is attached to a precision miniature joystick sensor that requires very slight pressure in order to generate keystrokes. The mouthpiece is also hollow, allowing sips and puffs to be translated into additional keystrokes.

The LipSync Macro contains a Bluetooth module for connecting to a Bluetooth compatible computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Device Compatibility

  • Phone: Android 5.0+, iOS 7+, Windows
  • Tablet: Android 5.0+, iOS 7+, Windows
  • Computer & Laptop: Windows, MacOS, Linux

LipSync Variants

There are several different versions of the LipSync:

The original LipSync emulates a USB mouse.

The LipSync Wireless emulates a wireless Bluetooth® mouse.

The LipSync Gaming emulates a USB joystick or USB gamepad. It is compatible with the Xbox Adaptive controller and any desktop or laptop.

The LipSync Macro emulates a USB keyboard. It can be used with older iOS devices to provide switch access through the accessibility features.

The LipSync Switch Input Module can be used to modify one of the above versions so that a user can use switches instead of sip and puff. This can be a useful option for those unable to form their lips around mouthpiece or apply the positive / negative pressure to generate sips and puffs.

Usage

The LipSync Macro should be mounted in a stable position near the user’s face, close enough to their mouth so they can move the mouthpiece. The LipSync Macro needs to be powered through the attached USB cable by a USB power pack, USB power adapter or by connecting to a suitable USB port. Once the LipSync Macro is paired to the device, moving the mouthpiece and applying sips and puffs to the mouthpiece will generate keystrokes. These keystrokes can be mapped to accessibility switches to provide switch access in older iOS devices that do not support a mouse cursor.

A brief start-up guide and detailed user guide are available at the GitHub link below.

Build Instructions

The latest Bill of Materials, 3D print files, and Assembly Manual are available at the GitHub link below.

Design

The original design of the LipSync was completed by the Neil Squire Society with support from Google.org.

LipSync Wireless

Overview

The LipSync Wireless is a mouth operated joystick that allows a person to control a computer cursor with minimal head and neck movement. All the electronics are housed in the ‘head’ of the device so there are no additional control boxes, making the LipSync a good candidate for portable, wheelchair-mounted applications. The mouthpiece is attached to a precision miniature joystick sensor that requires very slight pressure in order to move a cursor on the screen. The mouthpiece is also hollow, allowing sips and puffs to be translated into mouse clicks or touchscreen gestures.

Device Compatibility

  • Phone: Android 4.0+, iOS 13+*, Windows
  • Tablet: Android 4.0+, iOS 13+*, Windows
  • Computer & Laptop: Windows, MacOS, Linux

LipSync Variants

There are several different versions of the LipSync:

The original LipSync emulates a USB mouse.

The LipSync Wireless emulates a wireless Bluetooth® mouse.

The LipSync Gaming emulates a USB joystick or USB gamepad. It is compatible with the Xbox Adaptive controller and any desktop or laptop.

The LipSync Macro emulates a USB keyboard. It can be used with older iOS devices to provide switch access through the accessibility features.

The LipSync Switch Input Module can be used to modify one of the above versions so that a user can use switches instead of sip and puff. This can be a useful option for those unable to form their lips around mouthpiece or apply the positive / negative pressure to generate sips and puffs.

Usage

The LipSync Wireless needs to be mounted in a stable position near the user’s face, close enough to their mouth so they can move the mouthpiece. The LipSync Wireless needs to be powered through the attached USB cable by a USB power pack, USB power adapter or by connecting to a suitable USB port. Once the LipSync Wireless is paired to the device, moving the mouthpiece will move the cursor and applying sips and puffs to the mouthpiece will generate mouse clicks or touchscreen gestures.

The buttons on the back of the LipSync are used to control the speed of the cursor. Pressing the up button will increase the cursor speed, while pressing the down button will decrease the cursor speed. Pressing the two buttons simultaneously will start the calibration routine to calibrate the mouthpiece joystick.

A brief start-up guide and detailed user guide are available at the GitHub link below.

Build Instructions

The latest Bill of Materials, 3D print files, and detailed Assembly Manual are available at the GitHub link below.

Design

The original design of the LipSync was completed by the Neil Squire Society with support from Google.org.

LipSync Gaming

Overview

The LipSync Gaming is a mouth-operated gaming joystick based on the LipSync which is being developed to allow quadriplegics and other people with limited hand use the ability to play video games by manipulation of a mouth-operated joystick with integrated sip and puff controls. The device can be used with a computer or laptop for PC Gaming or the Xbox Adaptive Controller (https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/xbox-adaptive-controller)

 

Usage

Device Compatibility
  • Xbox console (with the Xbox Adaptive Controller)
  • Computer& Laptop: Windows, MacOS

Build Instructions

This GitHub repository will serve as a database for all software files associated with the LipSync Gaming and the rest of the files will be based on the LipSync.

LipSync Variants

There are several different versions of the LipSync:

The original LipSync emulates a USB mouse.

The LipSync Wireless emulates a wireless Bluetooth® mouse.

The LipSync Gaming (this device) emulates a USB joystick or USB gamepad. It is compatible with the Xbox Adaptive controller and any desktop or laptop.

The LipSync Macro emulates a USB keyboard. It can be used with older iOS devices to provide switch access through the accessibility features.

The LipSync Switch Input Module can be used to modify one of the above versions so that a user can use switches instead of sip and puff. This can be a useful option for those unable to form their lips around mouthpiece or apply the positive / negative pressure to generate sips and puffs.

RAM-Compatible Mount Adapter

Overview

This 3D printable mounting adapter enables a LipSync to be mounted using commercially available B-Size RAM® mounting systems. The adapter has an external 1/2 inch NPT thread on one side and a 1″ ball on the other. The 1″ ball is compatible with B-Sized RAM® mounts. This adapter can also be used to mount to other devices with a 1/2″ NPT internal thread, such as PVC adapters.

Usage

To use the mounting adapter to mount a LipSync, the mounting adapter threads directly into the LipSync housing. A 24 mm wrench, crescent wrench, or slip-joint pliers can be used on the hex portion of the adapter to help thread it into place. Once the adapter is threaded in, a suitable RAM® Double Socket Arm (e.g. https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-201U) is connected to the ball portion. The RAM® mounting can then be adjusted to position the LipSync in the right place.

This adapter can also be used to mount to other devices with a 1/2″ NPT internal thread. For example, it can be used to connect to a RAM mount to a section of 1/2″ PVC using a 1/2″ NPT x 1/2″ socket PVC adapter. The mounting adapter is inserted into the PVC adapter and then tightened. The PVC pipe is then inserted into the PVC adapter.

 

Build Instructions

3D Printing

The 3D printing files and print settings are available at the Thingiverse link. The mounting adapter should be printed with 4 perimeters and 80% infill for strength.

Cost

The filament required for 3D printing the adapter should be about $0.75 CAD.

 

Attribution

Original design by Makers Making Change.

v1.2 Design updated 2021-Apr-12 by Makers Making Change.

LipSync

How would you use a touch screen mobile device if you couldn’t use your hands to touch the device? With support from Google.org, the Neil Squire Society released the LipSync, a mouth controlled input device which enables people with little or no hand movement to operate a touchscreen device.

The LipSync is a mouth operated joystick that allows a person to control a computer cursor with minimal head and neck movement. All the electronics are housed in the ‘head’ of the device so there are no additional control boxes, making the LipSync a good candidate for portable, wheelchair-mounted applications. The mouthpiece is attached to a precision miniature joystick sensor that requires very slight pressure in order to move a cursor on the screen.

An estimated 1,000,000 people in Canada and the United States have limited or no use of their arms—meaning they are unable to use touchscreen devices that could provide access to helpful apps and services.

While solutions exist for desktop computers, they can cost up to $1,500 USD and do not work well on mobile devices.

We are releasing the project open source so it can be affordably made at the community level by makers, engineers, tinkerers, and hobbyists. The total cost will be less than $300 to source and assemble 3D printed parts and can be built as a weekend project.

Device Compatibility

  • Phone: Android 4.0+, iOS 13+*, Windows
  • Tablet: Android 4.0+, iOS 13+*, Windows
  • Computer & Laptop: Windows, MacOS

*iPhones and iPads running on iOS 13+ require a USB hub for the iOS device to recognize the LipSync. We recommend using the LipSync Wireless with iOS devices.


Makers have the option of acquiring the parts individually or through Makers Making Change. There are several variants of the LipSync for different use cases:

The original LipSync (this project) emulates a USB mouse.

The LipSync Wireless emulates a wireless Bluetooth® mouse.

The LipSync Gaming emulates a USB joystick or USB gamepad. It is compatible with the Xbox Adaptive controller and any desktop or laptop.

The LipSync Macro emulates a USB keyboard. It can be used with iOS 12 and older devices to provide switch access through the accessibility features.

 

The LipSync Switch Input Module can be used to modify one of the above versions so that a user can use switches instead of sip and puff. This can be a useful option for those unable to form their lips around mouthpiece or apply the positive / negative pressure to generate sips and puffs.