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nouse : noun [C] /nas/ - a pointing mechanism for a personal computer which is activated by movements of the nose. This trademark term was coined in 2004 by the mechanism’s inventor, Dmitry Gorodnichy, of the Institute of Information Technology in Ottawa, Canada. - MacMillan Dictionary

"Nouse: Scientific Impact with Huge Social Potential. The major impact of the NRC-IIT Computational Video Research Group’s work in the development of Nouse is scientific impact – providing leadership in perceptual vision technologies. - NRC-IIT 2004-2005 Success Stories.

"Using a computer will soon be a lot easier for disabled people, thanks to a hands-free device created by Canadian researchers. ... The "Nouse," short for "nose as mouse," is the brainchild of Dmitry Gorodnichy, research officer at the National Research Council's Institute for Information Technology" (Read the entire interview with CNN)"

Dr. Gorodnichy's work on visual recognition of body motion goes back to his days working on upgrading the robotic lifting arm used in the space shuttle. He was one of many scientists at the research council who had worked on that project, which was Canadian designed and built" - Read it at: The New York Times [cached]

"The Nouse is still in the prototype phase but Dmitry hopes it will be available for everyone to use whether it be as an alternative to the keyboard or for gaming. Just like its predecessor the mouse back in the 1960s, the Nouse was created to make computer operations easier for everyone" - See the entire interview with Discovery Channel

"NRC's 'Nouse' puts control at tip of computer user's nose. Whether as an aide for disabled users or a means for multitasking, the operating system is intended to open new doors The Ottawa Citizen

"Satellites and Tang aren't the only innovations the space race has brought us. Ottawa scientist Dmitry Gorodnichy's work on the Canadarm project was instrumental in the development of the Nouse -- a hands-free alternative to the computer mouse" - Maclean's (Cached) . Also see it scanned

"If you are the typical businessman or woman, you’re probably working with a mobile in one hand, a cigarette in the other and three or four windows open on your computer at a time. Two hands just aren’t enough. A technology inventor in Canada has come to our aid." Read the entire interview with Business Today Egypt.

LONDON (Reuters) — Has the era of hands-free Web surfing arrived? Dmitry Gorodnichy, an inventor from the Institute of Information Technology in Ottawa, has developed a computer navigation system that relies on the movements of a user's nose to direct a cursor - USA Today

"The inventor, Dmitry Gorodnichy of the Institute of Information Technology in Ottawa, Canada, calls his nose-steered mouse a "nouse". In addition to giving people a change from the keyboard and mouse, he hopes it will make using a PC easier for people who have a disability. - New Scientist

"A Canadian inventor has designed a computer mouse steered by movements of the nose and eyelids. The invention, dubbed a "Nouse," is meant to help people with a disability use a computer. Dmitry Gorodnichy of the National Research Council's Institute of Information Technology is presenting his research at a public symposium in Ottawa on Thursday" -  CBC

"The world was opened up to many people, especially those with disabilities, by the invention of voice recognition technology. But now a Canadian scientist has gone one step further, with a computer interface which doesn't even need to hear your voice but allows you to navigate your way around the screen simply by moving your face. (ABC, Australia)

"The technology, known as Perceptual Vision Systems (PVS), incorporates special software and a webcam that puts the nose in control. Truly hands-free, Nouse™ promises to further simplify and enhance the lives of people of all abilities." - Verizon, USA

"Nouse™ brings users with disabilities and video game fans one step closer to a more natural way of interacting hands-free with computers..." - Silicon Valley North magazine - Jan 2002  (pdf, html)

"It [technology developed by Dr. Gorodnichy] is a convincing demonstration of the potential uses of cameras as natural interfaces." - Industrial Physicist - Feb. 2003 (pdf, html)

"Computer users who can't move their hands are testing a device that allows them to point and click using their nose. Thirteen patients at St. Vincent Hospital in Ottawa are currently trying out the "nouse" developed by the Elizabeth Breyer Research Institute and the National Research Council as a new alternative to a regular computer mouse. (CBC)

"Un nez et une webcam pour remplacer la souris. Des chercheurs du Conseil national de recherches du Canada (CNRC) ont mis au point un logiciel qui permet de remplacer la souris en utilisant les mouvements du nez enregistrees par une webcam - Radio-Canada

"Dmitri Gorodnichy, de l'Institut des technologies de l'information d'Ottawa, au Canada, a mis au point un dispositif de pointage informatique qui utilise les mouvements du nez et des yeux. - Libération, France

 " It is a convincing demonstration of the potential uses of cameras as natural interfaces." - The Industrial Physicist, Feb. 2003 (pdf, html)

In September of  2004, the news about the Video Recognition Nouse invented by Dmitry Gorodnichy was featured around the globe:

It was  headline #2 on Sept 16 (Thu),  headline #3 Sept 17 (Fri), 
and headline #1 on September 18 (Sat) 
in the Sci/Tech section of  
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where it stayed in  top 20 headlines Sci/Tech headlines for two weeks.

First 300 links of 1600 by Google on October 1, 2004

Some links retrieved by Google on September 25, 2004

Sorted media coverage on September 21, 2004
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