EyeCanDo

Introduction

Lack of mobility and communication due to disability can be caused by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, brain injuries and stroke, muscular dystrophy, among others, and seriously limits the personal freedom of patients and can lead to a low quality of life. The progressive loss of independence and connection to the world affects them and their caregivers physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. We develop an eye gaze-based technology built on top of Apple's smart devices (iPad/iPhone) to enable communications for such patients. Through eye movement on the screen, patients can perform all types of communication which are not possible before, such as expressing physical needs, reading, typing to share feelings or thoughts, playing music/video, controlling smart home devices, among others. This will significantly increase the quality of life of the patients, with a commonly available and affordable Apple device.

Origin

This project was started as a hackathon project in the Mount Sinai Health Hackathon 2018 for rare diseases.

In January 2020, We received an award from ALS Association for EyeCanDo.

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Contact Us

The project is led by Dr. Fusheng Wang and Dr. Xiaojun Bi.

If you are interested in contributing to the project or test the app, please contact Sina Rashidian(srashidian [at sign] cs [dot] stonybrook . edu).