Following the meeting with Asher Shemesh, a muscular dystrophy patient, we announced a development competition (Hackathon) that took place in Friday - Saturday, 2nd-3rd of May 2014 at the Hub TLV in collaboration with associations such as Milbat, Little Steps, Israels and Prize4Life.
At the competition a several solutions that make sites or actions accessible were developed, as the user uses the computer using his eyes.
The competition was based on an existing and accessible solution that consists of an eyeglasses frame and a simple camera.
The eyeglasses allow the camera to effectively identify the pupil's movements, and convert using open source software (C++) the pupil's movements to orders that control the computer or other things.
Following the competition, a student from the 'Technion' institute was chosen to continue developing a product for ALS patients and other patients classified as Locked In.
These days, the student, Nofar Carmeli, is developing a technological development which is innovative but also inexpensive and accessible, that will allow patients who can't speak to make contact with their environment using a camera that will read their pupils' movements, covert them to spoken words and will be used as a mouth or a panic button for them.
Nofar receives a scholarship thanks to the Prize4Life organization and a professional guidance from a technological mentor.