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    EyeControl allows people with ALS to communicate with their eyes

    Tel Aviv, Israel—A new wearable device called EyeControl aims to give a voice to those who are unable to communicate by allowing them to speak using their eyes.

    How it works

    EyeControl is an infrared camera connected to a simple glasses frame that communicates with a credit-card sized computer. The computer identifies and translates the user’s blinks and eye movements into commands, which will output sound to earphones and to a speaker.

    Related: What optometry can learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    The device has three modes that can help the user communicate:

     • An alert sound to call for assistance

    • Various predefined sentences, such as “I’m cold” or “My hand hurts”

    • Compose sentences similar to SMS messaging

    (Images courtesy of EyeControl)

    Next: How it can help

    Colleen E. McCarthy
    Colleen McCarthy is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland area and a former editor of Optometry Times. She is a 2010 graduate of the ...


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