Pioneering device with built-in eye tracking launched to enable independence and “face-to-face” communication
Assistive technology specialist Tobii Dynavox has today launched the next generation of the I-Series, its flagship communication device, which is designed to help people with disabilities communicate with ease.
According to Tobii, the new I-Series is the lightest, fastest and most durable communication device available and comes with Tobii’s latest eye tracking sensor IS5.
The assistive device was developed for people with disabilities, such as cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), to provide them with a voice to communicate and become more independent.
In addition, the smaller I-13 and the larger I-16 include “ground-breaking” innovations such as a partner window and eye tracking performance using Tobii’s latest eye tracking sensor IS5. The partner window is a second screen, located on the back of the device, which mirrors the phrases being typed and enables true face-to-face communication.
Jeff Fogel, a youth sports coach diagnosed with ALS, commented: “The I-Series has made it possible for me to continue to do what ALS otherwise would have taken away from me. I can keep in touch with friends on Facebook, enjoy the latest shows on Netflix and go to live concerts. But most importantly, I can continue to coach the kids in basketball, football and deliver my pre and post-game speeches to them.”
The communication device can withstand daily challenges such as water, dust, drops and hits.
In addition to the new screen design with a glare reducing finish, the I-Series also includes:
- Computer Control: An exclusive desktop control tool for the I-13 and I-16, letting the user intuitively interact with, and control, their device using their eyes. It creates a more accurate eye gaze interaction, while minimising the amount of eye movements and thus reducing fatigue.
- Adaptive Buttons: Programmable buttons on the front of the device, accessible with eye tracking and touch, allow for greater flexibility and independence for the user while still giving carers access to common functionalities.
- Wake-on-Gaze: A unique feature allowing users to turn on the device just using their eyes, removing the need for any additional assistance. The feature increases the user’s independence and helps to preserve the battery life of the device.
“Eye tracking unlocks a world of possibilities and with this new device, built on years of research and customer feedback, we have pushed the limits of what a communication device can do”, said Fredrik Ruben, CEO of Tobii Dynavox. “Our goal with the new I-Series is to create the best possible experience and empower our users in their daily lives for increased independence.”
The I-Series can be ordered for instant shipping through Tobii Dynavox’s network of sales consultants and partners. To find out more, click here
To see the new communication device in action, watch the short video below: