Play It, SAM

SAM trackball mouse

As with other Trackball mice, SAM offers people with fine-motor challenges full access. SAM is special in that it can accommodate additional switches for other mouse functions.


SAM, I am. This clever trackball device R.J. Cooper calls Switch-Adapted Mouse (that’s where SAM comes in) allows a person with no or limited gross-motor hand (or fine-motor head) control to move a mouse and do the clicking, double clicking, and click-lock (for drag) with other parts of their body.


“Now you can plug your switch(es) into our Switch-Adapted Mouse (SAM) device for your PC, Mac, or Chromebook for a variety of purposes,” says its manufacturer. R.J. Cooper claims that, with SAM, the user can do all the following:

  • Operate any adapted software be operated by a mouse click or basic keystrokes
  • Access all regular software. With SAM, the user can do all the clicking of the mouse while moving it, turning any computer activity into great cooperative fun.
  • Gain full control of any application, by means of CrossScanner.


Trackball mice disabilities

Three examples of trackball mice that serve people with disabilities (left to right): Kensington Expert Mouse, Traxsys Roller II, AbleNet Wave

To begin, one simply plugs SAM into the current mouse access point. Then, the user plug one or more switches into SAM. These, then, act as the corresponding mouse button or function.


Trackball mice are not just for gamers! These versatile devices, like SAM, offer users with fine-motor disabilities full computer access, as we have seen previously in four other mice we carry: Kensington Expert Mouse and SlimBlade, Traxsys Roller II and Roller Plus, AbleNet Wave, and Logitech Wireless Trackball and Marble.




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