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Samsung Launches Eye-Tracking Mouse for Disabled

Nov 25, 2014 01:08 AM EST | By Staff Reporter
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Samsung's EYECAN+
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Samsung's EYECAN+, a device to help the disabled perform productivity tasks on a monitor

Samsung Introduces a new innovation, "EYECAN+" that may potentially help disabled people see-a mouse that tracks the movements of the eyes.

The South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. showed off the device called the EYECAN+ on Tuesday, Nov.25 at an event in Seoul, South Korea.

The EYECAN+ is the company's second generation eye mouse that lets people with disabilities perform several productivity tasks including create and edit documents, browse the Internet by just moving their eyes, as it does not require users to wear any device like glasses.

The device is a single unit placed under a monitor that works wirelessly by calibrating with the user's eye. Users can move the cursor on the monitor by just moving their eyes, and perform different commands like "click," "scroll," "select all," "copy,"
"paste" as well as "drag and drop" by just staring at a specific link or folder for a moment.

"EYECAN+ requires the user to be situated between 60cm and 70cm from the monitor, and does not require the user to be in any specific position, as it can be used while seated or lying down," Samsung said.

"Calibration is only required for first-time users, as EYECAN+ will remember each user's eye characteristics."

The EYECAN+ is an upgrade from Samsung's first eye mouse introduced back in 2012, with calibration and overall user experience given a huge boost, thanks to a graduate of Seoul's Yonsel University Hyung Jin Shin, Korea IT Times reports.

Shin was born a quadriplegic himself, and persistently pushed for the technology for over a year.

Meanwhile, Samsung will release some 100 units of EYECAN+ next year to charitable organizations, and promises to further develop the device so that venture firms could continue to support the program to benefit the disabled people, but stress that the product is not intended to be mass produced, Global Post reports.

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