SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain–The Spanish company, Irisbond, based in Spain’s northern city of San Sebastian, has enbaleed users to control the mouse of a computer and write by moving their eyes so as to communicate with those around them.
The new technology aimed at helping persons with disabilities and illnesses.
Eduardo Jauregui, co-founder and CEO of Irisbond, told Xinhua that “the technology is an infrared device that is connected to the computer and through software, enables you to control with maximum accuracy the computer with your eyes.”
The technology allows users to send emails and communicate with family members through a rectangular device connected to the computer. There is a keyboard on the screen. With a blink, users can select the letters thanks to an eye-tracking software.
According to Jauregui, there are 700 people using this technology nowadays and they expect that one million people can use it in the future.
They are working on applying this technology on tablets and mobile phones, which is expected to be ready by the end of the year.
“We are working to remove the device from the computer and in the future enable people to control mobile phones with the eyes without any kind of additional hardware,” Jauregui explained
Controlling mobile phones with eyes would open a wide range of possibilities for persons with disabilities, he said, enable them to move and communicate easily.
Innovation, technology and science are very important for the city of San Sebastian, where 2.37 percent of the city’s GDP was linked to R&D in 2015, surpassing the Spanish and European average which stood at 1.21 percent and 2.1 percent respectively.