New AAC device to help people with complex access needs communicate using their eye movements
A new AAC solution called Lumin-i has been launched, which is a unique and advanced eye-tracking product that will enable AAC users with complex and limited mobility to have a voice.
The solution comes from a collaboration between global augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) provider Smartbox Assistive Technology and Smart Eye, a specialist in AI-based eye tracking solutions.
Lumin-i features Smart Eye’s robust eye-tracking algorithms, offering a high level of accuracy and enabling a responsive solution. The assistive solution has also been developed to work outdoors, allowing Lumin-i users to access their communication device anywhere.
It takes just 25 milliseconds for Lumin-i to respond to a user’s gaze, capturing 60 frames per second with a gaze recovery time of 17 milliseconds. Lumin-i also has a large track box measuring 35x30x65 cm– which allows for lots of head movement – giving users with complex mobility needs a reliable and powerful solution for communication and independence.
Dougal Hawes, MD at Smartbox Assistive Technology, said: “This collaboration with Smart Eye was born out of our desire to bring the world’s best eye tracking performance to our sector, giving people a highly accurate eye tracker that will work both indoors and outdoors.
“We always strive to offer our users the best possible solution and with Lumin-i we are able to provide a robust and quick-to-respond eye gaze solution that is made possible by Smart Eye’s years of experience in delivering quality eye tracking devices to some interesting customers including NASA, Airbus, Audi, Harvard University and Georgia Tech.”
The collaboration means that Lumin-i is now offered as part of Smartbox’s Grid Pad AAC devices.
Grid is text and symbol-based software that offers users a voice, environmental control, and access to a range of grid sets and accessible apps supporting children and adults with complex disability and communication needs.