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, […]

3 Ways Eye Tracking Technology Aids Autism Detection and Recovery

AutismEye tracking technology has become a tenet of assistive tech resources. Those people who could not communicate with the world, and also with the Internet, have been reconnected with loved ones and information alike.


But assisting is just one of the things eye tracking technology can do. It can also help to detect disabilities in these communities.


For example, eye tracking is becoming increasingly valuable as a tool for detecting autism. And it can do so more quickly than ever.


This Jogger Didn’t Let ALS Keep Her from Completing a Marathon

MarathonAs next month’s Boston Marathon approaches, those in the assistive technology community remember an amazing race run just a couple of years ago. This race was special not just because the participants completed the daunting 26.2 miles, but also because one of the marathoners has ALS.


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that affects around 30,000 Americans at any given time. Because the disease affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, people with ALS are […]

How the Eyegaze Edge is Helping People with Disabilities Live Better Lives

“The Theory of Everything,” a recent biopic about the life of world-renowned physicist – and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) survivor – Stephen Hawking helped to bring eye tracking technology to life for viewers. In the movie, as in real life, Hawking communicates with loved ones and colleagues with an eye tracker. This assistive technology has allowed him to live a full life, as well as to make significant contributions to society, despite losing the ability to talk and write.


However, ALS is only one of the disabling diseases that can be […]

How Virtual Worlds Can Help People Living With Disabilities – Part 2

In real life, many people are living with disabilities that restrict them physically and socially. For example, a person with multiple sclerosis may use a wheelchair and require assistance to go out into the world, where relationships can be formed and friendships maintained. In other words, access to the communication and connectedness that many of us take for granted is severely limited for others.


However, in a virtual world—like Second Life—that same person can enjoy the company and friendship of others in the virtual world. He or she can […]