RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Researchers at IBM have developed a new way for people suffering from hand tremors to better use computers.

Big Blue scientists have created a mouse adapter that will “eliminate excessive cursor movement”, the company said. IBM has licensed the technology to Montrose Secam Limited, which is based in the United Kingdom. When available, the so-called assistive mouse adapter is expected to sell for less than $100.

The adapter is designed to work with any operating system and is based on an imaging stabilization system used in some camera lenses, IBM said.

An estimated 10 million people in the US alone suffer from hand tremors caused by a variety of reasons, including Parkinson’s disease.

James Cosgrave, a director at Montrose Secam, has suffered from tremors since birth.

“I’m a pilot and my tremor condition has not limited my ability to fly a plane, but using a PC has proven almost impossible simply because everything revolves around using the mouse to accurately manipulate the tiny cursor on the screen,” he said in a statement. “I have been using a prototype of the mouse adapter for over a year now and it has literally transformed my life.”

Montrose Secam said it planned to donate a percentage of sales to foundations focused on tremor conditions.

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