Eye Tracking Applications for Accessibility: Learn and Build
ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is no cure. For people with ALS their eyes are their only link to the world. Eye controlled applications allow them a degree of communication and control and promise a degree of autonomy and dignity. After many decades in labs and niche applications, eye tracking is poised to go mainstream in the next five years and transform lives and society-at-large. This talk covers the basics of eye tracking technology and its application to accessibility scenarios, with a specific focus on people with ALS. In the workshop that follows, participants will have the opportunity to try out eye trackers and typing and communicating with their eyes. We will also walk through a simple eye tracking application and the factors to keep in mind while designing eye-controlled applications.