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EyeTech Digital Systems is a privately held company based in Mesa, Arizona that makes systems for capturing eye-gaze data. Their first products allowed computer users to control their computer cursor through eye movement and were designed to be used by people with disabilities. The application of the eye tracking technology has expanded to include a wider range of applications such as research systems and public displays.[1]

History

Robert Chappell, created his first eye tracking device out of necessity when he developed repetitive strain injury while working as an electrical engineer.[2] He was unable to use a computer mouse or keyboard, and needed to find an alternative way to control his computer. He researched eye tracking systems, but at that time eye tracking devices were complicated and expensive, so he developed his own.[3] EyeTech's first commercial product used a small camera and LED lights which attached to a computer monitor. The camera measured eye movements which would control the computer cursor and allow the user to perform all mouse functions with eye movements alone. It was less expensive, simpler, and easier to use than existing devices, and Chappell soon found a market for his product, which was the first eye tracker that worked with Microsoft Windows and general purpose computers.[3] He founded the company with partner Melinda Trego in 1996, selling his own systems and also components for other assistive technology products.[4][5] People with conditions such as cerebral palsy and ALS use EyeTech products to communicate, use the internet, work and play games.[6][7][8] The company has an international sales presence.

Products and Applications

  • EyeTech Mega Tracker
  • EyeTech TM3 eye tracker
  • EyeTech TM2 eye tracker
  • Quick Glance eye tracker software
  • Quick Capture gaze analysis software
  • Quick Link API software

Press

EyeTech’s Quick Glance caught the attention of Andy Jordan of the Wall Street Journal in an article about a Rochester Institute of Technology engineering student with cerebral palsy.[9][7] The company has been featured in the Mesa, Arizona East Valley Tribune.[10] DynaVox, a company which uses EyeTech components has been featured on Fox News[11] and the Today Show.[5] in a story about Augie Nieto, who has ALS and has founded Augie's Quest to fight the disease.

References

  1. EyeTech Digital Systems- Eye Tracking Technology Solutions. Eyetechds.com (March 18, 2011). Retrieved on October 21, 2011.
  2. [1][dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Chappell, President and C.E.O., EyeTech Digital Systems. Nationaltechcenter.org (March 20, 2005). Retrieved on October 21, 2011.
  4. [2][dead link]
  5. 5.0 5.1 TODAY Video Player. Today.msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved on October 21, 2011.
  6. Student learns to control computer with a blink of an eye – RIT News. Rit.edu (February 23, 2009). Retrieved on October 21, 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Video. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on October 21, 2011.
  8. [3][dead link]
  9. Student learns to control computer with a blink of an eye – RIT News. Rit.edu (February 23, 2009). Retrieved on October 21, 2011.
  10. [4][dead link]
  11. Augie's Quest – Fox News Video. Fox News (May 1, 2011). Retrieved on October 21, 2011.

External links

  • [5] www.eyetechds.com
  • [6] www.eastvalleytribune.com
  • [7] dev.nationaltechcenter.org
  • [8] online.wsj.com
  • [9] www.rit.edu
  • [10] www.foxnews.com
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