Innovative communication device with built-in eye-tracking software gives disabled users a voice
Tobii Dynavox has launched the next generation of its flagship I-Series communication device, designed to give people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and ALS an intuitive and innovative system to communicate.
Featuring the assistive technology specialist’s latest eye-tracking sensor, IS5, the company claims the new I-Series is the lightest, fastest and most durable eye-tracking communication device on the market.
According to the company, its eye-tracking capabilities allows the user to the user intuitively interact with and control their device using their eyes and creates a more accurate eye gaze interaction, while minimizing the number of eye movements and thus reducing fatigue
“Eye-tracking unlocks a world of possibilities and with this new device, built on years of research and customer feedback. We have pushed the limits of what a communication device can do”, said Fredrik Ruben, CEO of Tobii Dynavox.
“Our goal with the new I-Series is to create the best possible experience and empower our users in their daily lives for increased independence.”
Alongside its eye-tracking capabilities, Tobii’s smaller I-13 and the larger I-16 both include the ‘partner window’, a second screen located on the back of the device which mirrors the phrases being typed, enabling face-to-face communication.
Boasting a slimmer and lighter device to its predecessor, the new range boasts a medical-graded, IP54-rated magnesium chassis, enabling it to withstand daily challenges such as water, dust, drops and hits.
In addition, the new I-Series has incorporated a glare-reducing finish to its new screen and boasts programmable buttons on the front of the device – accessible with eye-tracking and touch – for greater flexibility and independence for the user while still giving caregivers access to common functionalities.
“The I-Series has made it possible for me to continue to do what ALS otherwise would have taken away from me,” said Jeff Fogel, a youth sports coach diagnosed with ALS
“I can keep in touch with friends on Facebook, enjoy the latest shows on Netflix and go to live concerts. But most importantly, I can continue to coach the kids in basketball, football and deliver my pre and post-game speeches to them.”
The new device also contains another exclusive innovation with its Wake-On-Gaze, allowing users to turn on the device just using their eyes without the help of anyone else, enhancing independence and helping preserve the battery life of the device.
To see the device in action, watch the video below: