A communication device for locked-in patients was unveiled at the BrainTech Israel conference today.
An infrared camera connects to glasses that identify blinks and pupil movement. The camera communicates with a small Odroid-like computer. Eye movement is translated into commands that output sound to earphones and a speaker, and transmit it to a smartphone via bluetooth. An app enables the patient to communicate. An algorithm automatically calibrates the device so that the patient will not require assistance.
EyeControl can provide an alert to call for assistance; choose from predefined sentences; or compose sentences using alphabet boards.