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Eye-writing Tech May Help People with Limiting Conditions Communicate Freely

Researchers at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris have made a new discovery that may help people use eye movements to draw and write in cursive. The technology is described in a paper published recently in the online publication Current Biology.

“Contrary to the current belief, we show that one can gain complete, voluntary control over smooth pursuit eye movements. The discovery also provides a tool to use smooth pursuit eye movements as a pencil to draw, write, or generate a signature.”

Jean Lorenceau, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris

Detail: Examples of drawings generated by projecting one’s visual imagery. (Credit: Lorenceau et al., Current Biology)

According to the researchers, the eye-writing technology could make communication easier for people with Lou Gehrig’s disease or other conditions where arm and leg movement capabilities have been lost.

The technology may also help to improve eye movement for those with conditions such as ADHD or dyslexia, the researchers say. In addition, it could prove useful for helping surgeons or athletes to strengthen eye-based skills needed in such professions.

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Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/cp-wic071912.php

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Paralyzed Artist Writes and Paints Again with Help from Open Source Community

When L.A. street artist Tony “Tempt One” Quan was diagnosed with ALS, the disease left him virtually paralyzed. It looked like he would never paint or write again.

What happened next, though, would be practically unbelievable if it were to take place within a work of art. The documentary that tells this story, however, has captivated the minds of all who’ve seen it.

Now, the story of how open-source technology has given Quan a second chance to create is also getting a second chance of sorts before being released more widely.

This film NEEDS to be seen by people.”

— The most common viewer comment after seeing the film

The documentary, Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story, which was the recipient of the 2012 Audience Award  at the Slamdance Film Festival, needs some technical upgrading before it is more widely released. The goal behind the project: “Our purpose is to inspire people to see that when a singular individual teams up with a like-minded community, the once impossible becomes possible.”

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To get involved and learn more about this inspiring story, check out http://kck.st/KKYsG3

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