Powerful communication device empowers people to control an iPad with their eyes
Tobii Dynavox, a specialist in assistive technology for communication, has unveiled TD Pilot, a powerful, medically-certified communication device for people with disabilities.
With the release of iPadOS 15, TD Pilot brings Tobii’s eye-tracking technology to iPad, enabling people to control the device with their eyes.
TD Pilot empowers people with disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, ALS and spinal cord injury, to have a voice of their own, live more independently, and experience iPad using only their eyes.
This eye gaze-enabled communication device for Apple’s iPadOS features tailor-made hardware, software, and extensive service and support for people with communication disabilities. Importantly, as a medically certified device, TD Pilot can be prescribed by specialists.
“We are immensely proud to launch TD Pilot, a life-changing communication solution that empowers people with disabilities to live their fullest lives,” said Fredrik Ruben, Tobii Dynavox CEO. “TD Pilot offers customers a medically certified, eye-controlled communication device for iPad. By bringing our world-leading eye tracking technology to iPad, we have created a powerful and easy-to-use solution to support our customers’ needs.”
TD Pilot is packed with hardware and software innovations to improve quality of life and provide an intuitive experience for the individuals who use it. This includes providing outdoor eye tracking, even in bright sunlight; supporting purpose-built software, like the new app TD Talk, which generates natural-sounding speech using eye gaze; and offering the Partner Window, a second screen on the back of the device mirroring phrases entered by the communicator for more natural face-to-face conversation.
TD Pilot also boasts powerful speakers, extended battery, wheelchair mounting, and other integrated bespoke accessibility features.
Blair Casey, Chief Impact Officer of non-profit organisation Team Gleason, added: “Over the last ten years, Team Gleason has worked with leaders in the technology industry for greater access and inclusion for people living with ALS and other disabilities. The release of TD Pilot by Tobii Dynavox and Apple is a significant turning point for accessibility.
“So many people that need eye tracking technology are forced to abandon their native technology. Now, these two companies have integrated eye tracking technology into an iPad, which is a real game-changer. Team Gleason is committed to improving the lives of people living with ALS by delivering innovative technology, and we are eager to get this product out in the ALS community.”