The EyeWriter is a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus and custom software that allows artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to draw using only their eyes. The project is an ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people who are suffering from ALS with creative technologies. Members of the Graffiti Research Lab, Free Art and Technology (FAT), Openframeworks and The Ebeling Group communities teamed-up with a legendary LA graffiti writer, publisher and activist, named Tony Quan, aka TEMPTONE. Tony was diagnosed with ALS in 2003, a disease which has left him almost completely physically paralyzed… except for his eyes. This international team is working together to create a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system that will allow ALS patients to draw using just their eyes. The long-term goal is to create a professional/social network of software developers, hardware hackers, urban projection artists and ALS patients from around the world who are using local materials and open source research to creatively connect and make art with their eyes.
The core development teams consists of members of Graffiti Resarch Lab, Open Frameworks and Free Art and Technology (FAT): Tony Quan, James Powderly, Evan Roth, Chris Sugrue, Theo Watson and Zach Lieberman.
Funded by: The Ebeling Group and The Not Impossible Foundation
With support from: Parsons Communication Design & Technology.