Accessibility options on mobile devices have improved a lot recently. The most prominent way of interacting is of course, with voice. However, for some, even that isn’t a viable medium and obviously, talking to your phone isn’t particularly convenient outdoors or in public places. Hence, to overcome these issues, we present an app that allows you to control the Android phone by tracking your facial movements.
EVA Facial Mouse essentially turns your head into a virtual pointer and overlays the display with some nifty utilities for double-clicking, clicking, scrolling, and more. The developers mention that the app is primarily aimed for people with varying disabilities such as amputations, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The application works surprisingly well even in dimly lit environments. Although there are some limitations – it won’t function properly with most games, navigation apps will be restricted to a couple of basic features and it cannot be used simultaneously with other applications that make use of the camera.
Talking about the app itself, though, it can be finicky initially. However, adjust the pointer speeds according to your preferences and you’re good to go. Once set up, your screen will have a new toolbar on the left containing crucial actions such as back, home, overview, reveal the keyboard, options, and more. For clicking an element, you just need to hover the pointer over it for a second and the app will automatically tap it. For configuring its core settings, you’ll have to head into the device’s settings, then accessibility, locate EVA, and then hit the “settings” button. EVA is also open source, here’s the GitHub link for the same.
EVA is definitely worth it if you or someone you know has trouble interacting with phones. The app is entirely free of cost, you can download it from here.