The New Feature That Could Help ALS Sufferers

The New Feature That Could Help ALS Sufferers

Image via Mashable

Image via Mashable

There are plenty of things that we take for granted. Do a quick search for the meme “First World Problems” and you’ll figure out what we mean. One thing that we take for granted that you might not consider? The ability to use our computers and tablets.

And we’re not talking about the fact that some people can afford that technology and some can’t. We mean some people literally can’t use the technology. Those with diseases like ALS, which affects your muscles and ability to use them, can’t just reach out and grab a mouse. Some might not even be able to use Voice Control to operate their computer or tablet. So what’s the solution?

Microsoft recently announced a brand new feature coming to Windows 10 – the ability to control it with your eyes! Using the Eye Control technology, users can now open programs, type an email, or even scroll through a webpage simply by looking at the screen. Obviously that would be amazing technology for multi-taskers all over the world, but this new feature is really meant for those who can’t use their hands to do basic, everyday computer tasks.

Who this new feature is truly meant for makes sense when you consider its origin story. Eye Control actually came about because of a Hackathon challenge created by Steve Gleason, an ALS sufferer himself. In case you didn’t know, eyes are usually the very last muscle affected and therefore the only muscle someone might have control over.

Eye Control has been developed in conjunction with Tobii, whose Eye Tracker 4C hardware will be the very first to support this new feature. Users will have to install one of their eye trackers in order to use Eye Control.

Right now, there’s no definitive release date for this brand new feature but it is being tested in beta form.

(Story via Mashable)

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