From cerebral palsy to ALS, eye tracking technology can help those living with a wide range of debilitating diseases. Thanks to our Eyegaze Edge®, the eyes can become a portal for basic communication.
People who have suffered a spinal cord injury are among those who can greatly benefit from the Eyegaze Edge®. In fact, quadriplegia resulting from spinal cord injury presents no limitations for Eyegaze Edge® operation. Our system is an excellent tool for people who are ventilator-dependent and quadriplegic.
The Eyegaze Edge® is the world’s most advanced eye-driven tablet communication system. People all over the world trust our system, and it is the device of choice by locked-in users and their SLPs.
The way that the Eyegaze Edge® works is simple, yet remarkable. First, a special eye tracking camera mounted below the Eyegaze Edge screen observes the user’s eyes. Then, sophisticated image processing software analyzes the camera’s images many times each second and determines where the user is looking on the screen. All of this occurs with nothing attached to the user’s head or body.
Empowered by their Eyegaze Edge®, users can manipulate computers more quickly and generate speech (for non-verbal users). Users can perform these tasks with low eye fatigue and no dependence on head movement. This is how the Eyegaze Edge® literally changes the lives of those living with debilitating diseases.
Those who have had a spinal cord injury often have a tracheostomy. With this procedure, the absence of airflow through the vocal folds leaves individuals without the ability to speak, which can cause frustration and distress. When the user’s receptive language and cognitive abilities are intact, the eyes can become a portal for basic communication and a method to navigate the internet and functions of a computer. Simply put, the Eyegaze Edge® greatly increases communication and quality of life.
Even when those with spinal cord injuries are verbal, or who are able to move their heads, the Eyegaze Edge® is often used. Some users find direct-selection with the eyes a faster and easier method of computer access than alternative methods of row/column scanning, voice control, headmouse, laser pointer, or mouth/head sticks.
Each and every day, Eyegaze Edge® users are prolonging their ability to work and communicate, making life a fuller and richer experience.
Jim, an Eyegaze Edge user and MIT Software Engineer, had this to say about his system:
My arms and hands were deteriorating quite rapidly meaning I couldn’t work anymore. The Eyegaze saved my software engineering job. I can control a Mac and do everything with my eye that I used to do with my hands. I can respond to email, I can surf the web, and I can hold conversation…
Please get in touch to learn more about how an Eyegaze Edge® system can help you or someone you know.