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, […]

5 Fascinating Uses for Eye Tracking Technology

Eye tracking1With so many uses for eye tracking technology these days, you may be wondering how we got here so quickly. But consider this: Just 15 years ago, few people were surfing the Internet with their touch screen-operated smartphone. It took several attempts to market this technology before it made its way to the hands of consumers.

 

Then, it took a few years of adoption before we became accustomed to conducting our online lives on the go. Now, it’s […]

Steve Gleason Act Signed Into Law

Steve GleasonRecently, people living with ALS, and the entire assistive technology community, celebrated as President Obama signed Steve Gleason’s signature legislation into law. This bill makes speech generating devices more accessible for patients with ALS and other neurological disorders by making the purchases eligible for reimbursement through Medicare and Medicaid.

 

“Steve and Team Gleason deserve all the praise in the world for not only shedding light on this issue, but helping get our bill across the goal line,” said Sen. David […]

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 […]

Medicare Changes Threaten Access to Assistive Technologies

Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign’s viral popularity, awareness and donations for ALS have seen a surge that has greatly benefitted those who are living with this disease.

However, there is a new ALS issue which isn’t likely to go viral, but it will potentially affect thousands of people living with this disease and their families. Medicare is reviewing its policies for speech-generating devices; if certain changes are implemented, policy changes could keep many people with ALS from receiving the technology they need to communicate.

Assistive technologies, like […]

Georgia Hospital Sets Goal of Attaining Eye-Tracking Devices for Early Autism Detection

Children’s hospitals often make us feel sad for the young patients who must deal with sickness and injury rather than focus on playing, as children should. However, within the walls of children’s hospitals lie hope, compassion, and innovation, too.

An Atlanta-area children’s hospital recently received an injection of hope, in the form of a generous gift to fund an eye-tracking unit for the hospital. The gift was a $75,000 donation (by the Bagwell family and American Proteins) toward the Early Autism Detection Unit of Children’s Healthcare, and the hope is […]

ALS Patients Gather to Learn About Assistive Technologies

Too many of us take for granted the simple ability to communicate with loved ones, and with the general world around us. For patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), such communication is a goal to strive toward, even as their condition deteriorates.

 

A progressive disease, ALS causes the motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain to disappear. As patients lose these neurons, their muscles no longer receive signals to move. Eventually, people with ALS become paralyzed, and many of them even have difficulty swallowing, speaking, and breathing.

 

Last week, ALS […]