Samsung has been working on developing a device that will help the disabled people. The Eyecan+ is an eye tracking device that will help paralyzed people interact with computers.
The device was developed by Samsung with help from Hyung-Jin Shin, a computer science graduate at the Yonsei University in Seoul. Shin was born with paralyzed limbs, or quadriplegia.
Shin was able to write “Nice to meet you all” using only his eyes thanks to the Eycan+ device. He spoke of the Eycan+ saying that:
“I’m happy that eye mouse is developed in Korea. “The eye mouse is not just an IT product, but limbs for the disabled. Hope this kind of research will continue.”
Samsung designed the Eycan+ device to help paralyzed people use computers, using only eye movements and blinking in order to perform operations like typing, copying, pasting, scrolling, clicking or zooming, in and out.
Samsung sees its new inventions as something very useful for people who remained paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury.
The Eycan+ can also be useful for people who suffer from progressive neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic sclerosis. This illness, also known as Lou Gehrig disease, affects the patient’s control of mobility, resulting in the patient being able to move only the eyes.
The Eycan+ is a portable, wireless device that sits below the computer monitor and responds to the eye movements of the users who must be 60-70 cm away from the screen. After calibrating the device the Eycan+ will show a pop-up menu on the screen and the user can choose from 18 commands.
The Eycan+ is a voluntary project developed by Samsung and it was first introduced in 2012. Since then, the engineers have worked on it and improved the calibration sensitivity. Samsung said that the Eycan+ will not be commercialized but will be donated to some charity organizations. Samsung added that the new technology will help other companies develop similar devices that can be sold.
Other eye tracking device is the one designed by Tobii Technology from Sweden. The company offers a tablet which runs on Windows 8 Pro, one which users can control with their eyes.