Cool Toys Pic of the day – Eyewriter



I have many many friends in Second Life who have some sort of
disability and/or are part of the very active disability communities
there. One of the wonderful activities in Second Life within the
disability communities is art shows of art work created by their
community. There is a tremendous range of skill and creativity
exhibited. Some of the artists supplement their real life with sales
of their Second Life artwork, in a small way at least. If nothing
else, it is wonderful and empowering to know that you have created
something that someone else cared about enough to make a purchase.

With that background, I was tremendously excited to see EyeWriter
announced as a tool for allowing persons with ALS and paralysis to
draw artwork with their eyes. I want to run off and show it to my
friends, and I wish I could give copies to some of them.

In their words:
“Members of Free Art and Technology (FAT), OpenFrameworks, the
Graffiti Research Lab, and The Ebeling Group communities have
teamed-up with a legendary LA graffiti writer, publisher and activist,
named Tony Quan, aka TEMPTONE. Tony was diagnosed with ALS in 2003, a
disease which has left him almost completely physically paralyzed…
except for his eyes. This international team is working together to
create a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system that will allow ALS
patients to draw using just their eyes. The long-term goal is to
create a professional/social network of software developers, hardware
hackers, urban projection artists and ALS patients from around the
world who are using local materials and open source research to
creatively connect and make eye art.”

Check out their pics of both the team, process and art made with EyeWriter:

EyeWriter: Images:


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