Demand for pressure sensors for use in computer equipment could rise in the UK as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) looks to improve accessibility to technology for disabled citizens.
In a new report, the government organisation outlines how different technologies can have advantages for people with disabilities of different types.
For example, individuals with impaired motor control may benefit from on-screen keyboards, rather than using conventional physical versions of the input devices.
To interact with on-screen keyboards without using a mouse or trackball, pressure sensors could be needed to allow the touchscreen or stylus operation suggested by BIS.
Other suggestions made by the department alongside the publication of its eAccessibility Action Plan look at other areas of disability.
Greater use of Braille embossers is mooted, along with visual indicators for audio events to improve accessibility for deaf people.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey says: "A successful digital economy can only be achieved if everyone can enjoy the same advantages that technology offers."