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Eye controlled communication devices

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2015-12-23 22:31

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Gary’s inventions enable lots of people with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and ALS to speak.

In addition to cerebral palsy, the EyeMax is designed for those with other conditions that mean they can't communicate verbally or through touch, such as those affected by motor neurone disease, spinal cord injuries, locked in syndrome and other similar conditions.

The technology works in combination with either of DynaVox’s two hardware devices called the Vmax+ and Maestro, which offer different benefits for the user. The Vmax+ is a 12-inch screen that allows the operator to communicate through a traditional keyboard or the InterAACt software that uses symbols, photos, words or letters, exclusively or in combination. Maestro is the company's more compact and lightweight system which also allows the user to also capture memories through an integrated camera.

One of the key advantages of the InterAACt software is the freedom of expression it allows individuals to have, and the ability to use age appropriate language. Three settings are available, children, teens and adults, with words and language tailored to each age group. Environment choices also allow individuals to use phrases specific to that location such settings for birthdays, the workplace or shopping trips.

More info: http://www.tobiidynavox.com/

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Gary Killiany was an undergraduate engineering student at Carnegie-Mellon University and volunteer at the Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh, in the 80s, when he met a young girl with cerebral palsy. She inspired him to invent the EyeTyper, a tool that allowed this woman to compose and speak messages by moving her eyes. Later on he founded DynaVox, a company specialized in enabling people to complete everyday tasks solely with the use of their eyes.

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