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I have my hands full most of the day although I can do some operations on a computer. I am wondering how can I best browse (read articles/view videos/reply to emails/browsing tabs) without using my hands? I mostly use Chrome but would be open to use a different browser.

  • Do you have a microphone? – Burgi Apr 27 '16 at 14:21
  • @Burgi Yes the one in my laptop but could add an external one – Emilie Apr 27 '16 at 14:41
  • Lenovo Ideapad Y series – Emilie Apr 27 '16 at 14:59
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    Could you be more specific about, if not your hands, what you want to browse with? Would a script that slowly scrolls through webpages work? Or do you want to use foot pedals/joystick/cellphone? – NonlinearFruit May 3 '16 at 18:33
  • If you are a windows user, your best option may be Autohotkey – NonlinearFruit May 3 '16 at 19:14
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Browse the Internet with Buckets of Water

Yes, anything BUT hands is possible and a scrolling script could work

This is a Windows solution that utilizes Autohotkey and this instructable for setting up a Makey Makey. Note, you can use Makey Makey with something less messy than buckets of water, in fact you can use anything! Also, a non-Makey Makey device (eg foot pedals, keyboard Rube Goldberg machine) would work as long as it pressed the physical keys on the keyboard or triggered the key events for the particular keys we are mapping (Up, Down, Left, Right in this case). This solution should work with any default browser and could be modified to auto-scroll.

Setup

  • Install AutohotKey
  • Setup Makey Makey by following this Instructable
    • Alternatively: setup some other input device
    • Map one bucket (or whatever you are using) to:
    • Up - for scroll up
    • Down - for scroll down
    • Left - for previous site
    • Right - for next site
  • Save the code posted here to some filename.ahk
  • Modify the code
    • Add desired URLs
    • Change scroll speed
    • Change hotkey mapping
    • Add functionality for starting/stopping videos
    • Add functionality for choosing webpage to browse
  • Open filename.ahk with the Autohotkey.exe
    • When you trigger the first webpage, it will open the default browser and you may have to maximize the browser
    • Also make sure the mouse is positioned about the webpage so that scrolling works
  • Enjoy your new setup!
    • Memorize which bucket maps to which key
    • Note that you are 'completing' the circuit, so keep one foot on the bar when placing the other in the bucket
    • For best results, use bare feet

AutoHotkey (AHK) Code

;Dont Change
i:=0

;Do Change - Add as many SitesX as needed
Sites0:="http://www.gmail.com"
Sites1:="http://superuser.com/q/1070420/468052"
Sites2:="https://autohotkey.comm"

;Update to Equal Number of Sites
NumSites:=3

;===============================================;

RIGHT::
    i:=Mod(i+1, NumSites)
    Run, % Sites%i%
    Return

LEFT::
    i:=Mod(i-1+NumSites, NumSites)
    Run, % Sites%i%
    Return

UP::Send {WheelUp}

DOWN::Send {WheelDown}

Makey Makey board Makey Makey Board

The Makey Makey setup from Instructables Makey Makey Setup

Tear Down

To end the hotkey script:

  • Find the AHK icon on the taskbar
  • Right click it
  • Click Exit

Exit Hotkey Script

Warning

I do not recommended this particular setup if:

  • Floor is not water resistant
  • You carry sharp/electronic/breakable items
  • You're hydrophobic
  • You don't enjoy having fun

[NOTE: I am not liable for what you do with this knowledge and that includes water damage XD ]

[NOTE: Makey Makey is a serious possibility, especially if you replace the water buckets with cardboard wrapped in aluminium foil ]

[NOTE: I verified this on Windows 7 with Chrome and without the water ]

  • Some how I don't think this is what the OP was after but.... wow! – Burgi May 5 '16 at 1:21
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    Haha....Shoes off, jeans pulled up knee high...I can't imagine myself getting ready for some internet surfing with buckets of water. And what if this was the only option available to all ? – pun May 5 '16 at 1:50
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    @The_IT_Guy_You_Don't_Like I do admit that buckets of water might be a little too eccentric for most people. I used it as an example for novelty's sake. Makey Makey + AHK is pretty potent for use cases like this. That is why I included the note at the end about using cardboard with foil instead of buckets with water. – NonlinearFruit May 5 '16 at 2:02
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    @NonlinearFruit Understand your point. After reading your post I went ahead and done my own research. Found this, and thinking of making something for myself – pun May 5 '16 at 2:19
  • That's awesome! I know about the Makey Makey but have never tried it. I wouldn't buy one but if I had one, I would totally implement this (not with buckets of water though) :-) – Emilie May 5 '16 at 3:18
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Foot pedals!

There's one and three pedal types and here's a typical example of one

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These things are programmable - here's an example of one being used as a vim controller, and it seems they can be programmed to emulate strings. Tie it in with AHK, and you might be able to use combinations of foot pedals as a chording keyboard type setup.

Another idea might be to have more than one and do as Tom Scott did with his emoji keyboards - apparently he used lua macros (to tie key combinations to keys on a specific keyboard) and AHK to do this. I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to how many buttons he'd need for a minimal chording keyboard and emulated mouse setup, and the exact AHK magic.

Also, does not involve buckets of water, which is a plus.

  • Haha, not having buckets of water is a plus? – NonlinearFruit May 5 '16 at 1:34
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    In some cases, yes. I'd admit to upvoting your answer for the sheer level of lateral thinking tho. – Journeyman Geek May 5 '16 at 2:30

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