Thursday, September 25, 2014

Free online webinar: EagleEyes: Eye-Control Mouse Technology

The Utah Assistive Technology Program will present 
a FREE online interactive training of 
“Eagle Eyes: Eye-Control Mouse Technology,” 
on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. MST.

The innovative technology of EagleEyes allows individuals to control a computer mouse simply with the movement of their eyes. Developed at Boston College, the eye-controlled computer mouse makes using a computer possible for individuals unable to properly use their hands for standard computer use. 

It is a unique device that serves a specific demographic of individuals who experience limited dexterity or complete paralysis, and/or lack full purposeful head movement. 
Because of its unique technology, it’s a device that will work for many individuals when other devices have failed. 

How it works:

By placing electrodes around the user’s eyes, the computer detects their eye movement and gives them the ability to control the computer’s mouse with the actions and rotations of the eye. It also allows for free head motion and can actually be augmented with purposeful head movements. 
EagleEyes can be used for recreation, communication and education. 

Developed at Boston College 20 years ago, there are over 270 systems distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since 2006, this life changing technology has been available to the public, manufactured and distributed by The Opportunity Foundation of America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.  

Andrew Loeffler will be presenting the webinar. He is the Director of Operations for The Opportunity Foundation of America, the sole manufacturer, distributor and trainer of the EagleEyes technology. Andrew has experience as an educator as a Chief Flight Instructor and adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University, where he developed unique and innovative curriculum and implemented standardization of teaching and training. 

He has been involved with the EagleEyes Project for three years starting out as a volunteer before becoming Project Developer and Director of Operations to enhance the service, support and accessibility of the EagleEyes technology. His background in business, technology and education brings a unique perspective to the special needs community. 

Join us to learn how EagleEyes works, how to use its service, the audience it serves, its comparison to other devices and how it’s being used in schools, homes and care centers to change lives, that in many cases, have never been able experience the operation of a computer. In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed Internet access. 


If you are interested in joining please RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 30thContact Storee Powell via email, or call 435-797-7412. Participant instructions will be emailed to you.

If you are a screen reader user, or need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training, please contact UATP Program Director Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or, no later than Monday, Sept. 29th to make arrangements to participate via phone. Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone that you think might be interested.

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