Need to Temporarily Disable Mouse Input

Discussion in 'macOS' started by stretchphoto, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. stretchphoto macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi.

    I'm working on my master's thesis project, which involves showing short films I have made in a neighborhood of Miami to the residents of the neighborhood via touchscreen interactive multimedia kiosks. Each kiosk has a video camera that records viewers' responses to three specific questions after the conclusion of each short movie. The kiosk does not have a keyboard or a mouse. Viewer input is only through the touch screen.

    An example of the movies is here: "This is Overtown" on Vimeo

    I need to prevent viewers from stopping the movies, once they've started, by touching the screen (the equivalent of a mouse click), for the duration of the movie.

    Does anyone have any ideas how to make this happen?

    Thanks!

    The kiosks are running on Mac Minis, OS 10.6.7.
     
  2. mrgraff macrumors 6502a

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    Are you trusting your users to launch the temporary mouse-disable
    when it's time to watch the video, but not to otherwise touch the screen?

    If your setup is anything like the PC touchscreen kiosks I run at work, all you need to do is disconnect the USB cable so that the only input is video, and plug it back in when you want the user to "click" again.
     
  3. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, that wouldn't work for any number of reasons.

    I simply want to incorporate the "disable mouse input" line/code/whatever in the applescript that launches the video, then a "delay x" (with x being the duration of the movie).

    So the mouse is automatically disabled for the duration of the movie only.

    Thanks.
     
  4. mrgraff macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, I suppose an automated solution would be more elegant. :)

    BTW, I like your Special Olympics PSA; very nice.
     
  5. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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