31 Days of iPad Day 20


Usability on the iPad is key to the reviews and articles so far in the 31 Days of iPad series.  Touch rules the day on the device.  Today however I saw touch in a whole new way, by using eyeballs instead of fingers.

Eye recognition driven computer - calibration

Eye recognition driven computer

The computer mounted above is running Windows. Attached below it is the eye recognition device.  It attaches to the computer and acts as both mouse and touch input.

Programs on the device above are all Windows based.  No games come installed or other applications besides the eye recognition software.

My brother** can use this to navigate the web, send email, make speech and even dial and talk on the phone.  It’s surprisingly like an iPad.

Windows though brings it’s own problems, specifically one type of problem: viruses

Taggart has been using this for a couple of months now. He’s become quite adept.  Virus infection though has slowed down response time and nearly made some aspects unusable.

Contrast that with the iPad.  Beyond the OS choice there is the methodology behind it. No applications install by accident. The user can’t be tricked into installing or running anything.

Taggart was excited about seeing the iPad. Though unable to use it an in any fashion, he was intrigued by the interface and more than that the way apps install.

Immediately we realized how such an interface layered with the eye recognition would improve his computing experience. Taggart’s eyes seemed to light up at the possibility of such a device. Imagine a touch centric interface designed from the ground up instead of bolted onto a PC.

I’m officially shouting out to you Makers out there. What would it take to get an  eye recognition and tracking device attached to an iPad and act like a finger touch?  Hey Apple, any thoughts here?

Pass the word, point me to the master gadgeteers, just don’t tell me it couldn’t happen.

** Taggart is afflicted with advanced ALS. He is unable to control anything but some small head movements. His body is essentially paralyzed. Luckily eye movement is still controllable.

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