Hot topics: Voice Banking—What is it?

A current hot topic in the assistive technology arena is voice banking. Voice banking is the process of digitally saving your voice for future use on a speech generating device (SGD). Individuals who may lose their voice due to motor neuron disease or ALS can consider saving their voice before it is gone. This way, when they eventually lose their natural speaking voice, they can communicate on their SGD using a synthesized voice that sounds much like their own. […]

How the Eyegaze Edge and Eye Follower Track Eye Movements

You are probably familiar with eye tracking technology from the widespread attention this innovation has received in recent years. You may even have some understanding of how this complex technology works to provide important data for research and to provide a means of communication for those who are unable to speak.

However, much more is going on when an eye tracking system “watches” your eyes. Yes, there’s more than meets the eyeHow the eyegaze edge tracks eye movements behind this fascinating technology, […]

4 Ways Eye Tracking Technology is Improving Lives

Thanks to successful charitable campaigns, such as the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser for ALS, eye tracking technology is getting more attention now than ever before. Besides assisting people who 4 ways eye tracking is improving liveshave ALS, eye tracking technology is being put to use is many more amazing ways. Here are just a few:

1. Eye tracking tests can help medical professionals diagnose concussions with improved accuracy and speed. Numerous studies on mild traumatic brain injury suggest that the shearing of […]

Eye Tracking Technology is Improving Lives for ALS Patients

Steve Gleason eye tracking

Steve Gleason

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These motor neurons basically control the muscles throughout the body, and the progressive degeneration of them eventually leads to the death of ALS patients.

 

In the first stages of ALS, patients begin to lose control of their muscle movements as their motor neurons die. In later stages of the disease, […]

Take Action to Help People with ALS Obtain the Assistive Technologies They Need

If you’ve read about ALS and Steve Gleason, wondering what you can do to support the fight against ALS and to help those people living with the disease, here is your chance to take action:

 

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05) recently introduced the Steve Gleason Act of 2015, H.R. 628. This groundbreaking legislation would allow people who receive Medicare to immediately purchase and transfer ownership of speech-generating devices (SGDs) to the patient and would remove them from the Medicare capped-rental requirement. Eye tracking devices would also be included.

 

You probably remember […]

5 Ways Eye Tracking Technology Helps Us Lead Better Lives

Eye tracking technology has numerous applications, from entertainment to marketing research to assistive technologies. In fact, recent advances in the industry point to a future where few of our lives won’t be touched by eye tracking in some way. Here are five eye tracking technology applications that make our lives better in a variety of ways:

 

1. Our websites are more effective.

 

Eye tracking can be used to access and improve website usability, making websites more effective at reaching their goals, whether they intend to inform, entertain, or prompt us to […]

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Rescinds SGD Coverage Reminder

In September, we posted a blog about a legislative threat facing people living with ALS. According to a policy review by the Center for Medicare Advocacy, assistive devices capable of being adapted for non-speech uses (such as email and Internet access) would not be covered by Medicare. In other words, devices that offer important communication and information gathering capabilities would be out of reach for many people (with ALS) who rely on those technologies to enhance their lives.

 

At the time of the blog writing, several Congress members had signed a […]

What You Need to Know About the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donations

By now, everyone from most of your Facebook friends to Bill Gates has accepted – and filmed – the Ice Bucket Challenge. The extremely viral fundraiser, in which participants dump buckets of freezing water over their heads and commit to donating money to fund ALS, has raised over $100 million so far.

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the […]

NFL Star and ALS Survivor and Advocate Steve Gleason Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Steve Gleason

Steve Gleason

Every 90 minutes, an American dies from ALS. As tens of thousands of people continue to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, that chilling statistic is what Steve Gleason wants you to remember, long after the last bucket of ice-cold water has been dumped.

 

In 2011, the NFL star, husband, and father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and […]

LC Technologies is Proud to be a Championship Sponsor of the Brigance Brigade’s Three Rings Event

LC Technologies is excited to announce that were are a championship sponsor of the Brigance Brigade’s Three Rings Event. This event, which will be hosted by the Brigance Brigade Foundation, will honor O.J. Brigance’s 45th birthday on September 13, 2014 at Pimlico Raceway in Baltimore.

 

The Foundation was created by O.J. and his wife, Chanda, in 2008 to equip, encourage and empower those battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). O.J. is an ALS survivor and one of the few professional football players ever […]