From Hack to Product, Eye Control for Windows 10

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It started as a hackathon project inspired by one person with ALS. Now it’s on the verge of helping many more. Meet the team behind Eye Control for Windows 10.

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What power do you have to change
lives, to confront a problem and say, I can make a difference? >> ALS is a terminal disease
that causes muscles to atrophy and die. >> ALS is an awful disease. It digresses over
two to five years from onset to potential death. That means we're fighting
against the clock. With ALS, you become locked in,
but with technology, we can find ways to unlock
what has been taken away. >> The work that started three
years ago as a hackathon project, continues today
by a Microsoft team using technology to
empower those with ALS. >> We sat down with
some folks locally and we asked them the impact of ALS. >> As they discovered, sometimes a powerful solution
comes in the blink of an eye. >> The goal of eye control is to
allow people to use as much of the functionality of Windows as
possible using just their eyes. You could type by just
glancing at the characters instead of dwelling on each one. You could compose a word instead
of doing character by character. >> But turning that idea into
life changing technology was a constant
battle against time. >> So as your function
decreases, your world retracts. This is the only link,
really, to the outside world. >> It's not like somebody's
gonna die if you don't do your work today. But in our case,
it's literally like that. We are always racing against somebody else's
progression of disease. >> Today, three years later,
the next stage of eye tracking technology is ready to reach
Windows customers worldwide. >> The eye control project has
helped me see how I can have an impact on people's lives. >> You have these people
coming into our lives with the sole purpose of making
the world better for us, I mean is a gift beyond price. >> Microsoft eye tracking
technology can make a meaningful difference in
people's lives across the globe. And we're just getting started.

From Hack to Product, Eye Control for Windows 10

20 thoughts on “From Hack to Product, Eye Control for Windows 10”

  1. 3 comments are important.

    1) Thank you Steve Gleason for spearheading this project! I can't say enough about what you represent for people with ALS and other conditions that impair movement and speech!
    2). The eye tracker hardware and devices featured in this commercial are from TobiiDynavox, not from Microsoft. Tobii is the world leader in eye tracking technology and it is exciting to be partnering with Microsoft for this technology! 3). There is a brief shot of a person using their communication device in a moving vehicle. This is not a safe practice and should not be done. In the event of a sudden stop or an accident, all passengers in that vehicle are at risk of further injury should the device come off the wheelchair.

  2. Hello. One of my pupils will get soon a Tobii Dynavox with PCEyePlus. A dream would come true for him, if he could play some Minecraft with it. Is there a possibility to manage this? How about the guys at Mojang? Have they ever thought about something like this? I know, there are not so many kids in the world who will use this, but for sure it will bring them so much fun and creativity.

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