Eye-Controlled Tablets For The Severely Disabled Are Here

People with ALS and cerebral palsy can't use most tablets. A new eye-tracking product for Windows tablets changes that.

Nearly all tablet computers, from the iPad down to the most obscure Chinese Linux product, depend on touch and swipe technology. But for techies with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cerebral palsy, or similar conditions, using tablets can be difficult. However, a new $5,325 product lets the severely disabled control a tablet using only their eyes.

The Tobii EyeMobile is a modified Dell Latitude 10 that uses eyetracking technology to control apps, send emails, and go online. Based on Windows 8, the package includes a standard Dell tablet, an eye-tracking sensor, a bracket, and integration software for the tablet. Why a Windows 8 tablet and not an iPad? iPads are great for those with mild and moderate disabilities, but users with limited motor skills have extreme difficulty using them. Windows is easier to integrate with third-party devices for users with special needs. But it's worth mentioning that there are apps available for iPad users with ALS.

[Image: Tobii]

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  • Normsantoro

    I'm a quadriplegic man who uses voice recognition to surf the net and write text. As wonderful as it is, I'm afraid the price of this device is outside the reach of most disabled people.