There's a multitude
out there for handicapped individuals who want to surf the 'net, but a team at the University of Washington is adding one more by developing software that can convert one's voice into cursor commands. Notably, the Vocal Joystick doesn't rely on any speech recognition technology; instead, it "detects [vowel] sounds 100 times a second and instantaneously turns that sound into movement on the screen." Users are then able to move the mouse around the screen and click on links by simply making a variety of noises, and the cursor even speeds up as the person increases his / her volume. 'Course, we're not exactly sure how text is inputted into the address bar, so you'd better have your favorites fully stocked before relying solely on this. Hit the read link for a video demonstration.