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November 26, 2014

Disabled people will operate PCs through eye movement

Samsung system allows control through looking at the monitor.

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a next generation mouse, EYECAN+, which can allow disabled people to operate PCs through their eye movement.

The new mouse does not require any glasses and it can work with the eye movement and with the mouse the people with disabilities can compose and edit documents as well as browse web.

Samsung Electronics Community Relations vice president SiJeong Cho said, "EYECAN+ is the result of a voluntary project initiated by our engineers, and reflects their passion and commitment to engage more people in our community."

"While Samsung will not commercialize EYECAN+, the company will manufacture a limited quantity to donate to charity organisations," Cho said.

"Both the technology and design of EYECAN+ will soon be made open source, and made accessible to companies and organisations that wish to commercialize the eye mouse.

Users of EYECAN+ can look at the monitor from distance between 60cm and 70cm and can use it seated or lying down.

EYECAN+ does not require the users to be in any specific position, and can remember each user’s eye characteristics. Users can also adjust the sensitivity of EYECAN+ for both calibration and actual use.

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After the system is configured, EYECAN+ user interface (UI) will appear as a pop-up menu in one of two different modes: rectangular menu board or floating menu wheel.

Both the menus have 18 different commands and each of the menu can be configured to remain at the fore of the screen, the company said.

Users can use their eye movement and blinking for the 18 commands and can pin point on a command by looking directly at the relevant icon and blinking once.

The system has been developed by in collaboration with a graduate of computer science at Yonsei University in Seoul Hyung-Jin Shin, a born quadriplegic.

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