LUSOVU LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INNOVATIVE DEVICE THAT WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO COMMUNICATE BY MOVING THEIR EYES
Eye tracking augmented reality glasses that revolutionize the hands free interface. Specially designed for ALS, MD and SCI patients.
It is our mission to give voice to those who can’t communicate. In this moment of our “history” we want to bring our knowledge from Space down to Earth, because we believe that we can make a difference! We can do it and we can change many lives. So, we will provide a pair of glasses with the first autonomous augmented reality system based on eye-tracking, designed specifically for people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease, are tetraplegic, or who have any other disability affecting their communication abilities such as locked in syndrome (LIS), muscular dystrophy (MD), spinal cord injuries (SCI), and some cases of traumatic brain injuries.
Our glasses will change the way these people can communicate and interact with the world. Eyespeak has incredible speed and precision, it is easy to use, has ultra-low latency and auto-calibration without the intervention of the user (except for the first time it is used). It provides a truly new experience that allows the user to interact with the world like never before: just with eye movements. The device will write and speak for you. We will also have a developer version with an open source interface to give other possible applications to the world (augmented reality, games, etc).
EyeSpeak has an inspirational history and a special place in our hearts. The idea was triggered after our CEO received the sudden news that his father was diagnosed with ALS. So, after the impact, we are transforming this tragic event into something with meaning, something beautiful, something good. This is why we are totally committed to changing the lives of thousands of people throughout the world. We have the knowledge. We have the experience. And we have the motivation to do it together with you. Thank you for your contribution and for being part of this team! We will make a difference!
“I believe that technology serves people as much as possible and as much as we want it to support our lives. I believe that good value for money is one of the best sentences to describe why we should develop a technology. I believe that this new system will provide incredible additional value to whoever has communication limitations owing to disease or injury. My father suffers from ALS and he has shown me that augmented reality would be very beneficial for this kind of limitation. And I have discovered that although rare, there are tens of thousands of people in the world with communication limitations. I want to give meaning to my father’s life and I would like to help all of you with similar communication limitations or who have a family member with such limitations. It is not a question of how but of a question of when. I applied to this crowd-funding platform because time is precious for whoever wants to speak and cannot speak. I can speak today but I want you too to be able to speak. We could wait for this technology to be developed for the video games industry and then apply it to your situation. But why wait if we can do it now? Today, I speak. Can you say ”eyespeak” 6 months from now? I believe you can and I know that you will speak through your eyes in a way you have never experienced before. And for those who speak but cannot write, I know this system will be also very important because it will greatly increase writing speed. I am fully committed to providing this product with the same quality philosophy that I am used to providing to my spacecraft customers, i.e. that it is robust, reliable, useful, fast, easy to use, and targeted at the customer. I won’t do any miracles but I assure you that you and my father will experience an interface system that will be much better than what you are used to. It has to be as good for you as it will be for my father. I will work as a team with my father to develop this and I want you to be part of this team. We deserve this!”- LusoVU CEO, Ivo Vieira
Between the 16thof June and 16th of July 2014, LusoVU has a crowdfunding campaign running on Kickstarter, to support the development of an eye tracking device based on augmented reality glasses that will revolutionize hands free interfaces. The device is specially designed for people with motor and speech impairment.
LusoVU is presenting a new product, named EyeSpeak, which will literally allow its users to talk with their eyes. The system is based on Epson’s BT200 smart glasses on which a micro camera, a microphone and a speaker will be integrated. All these will be controlled by a microprocessor unit that will monitor the user’s eyes position. To reduce latency the eye tracking algorithms will be embedded on the systems firmware. With the augmented keyboard shown in the user’s field of view and the eye tracking routines, the users will be able to write words or sentences and have them spoken by a synthetic voice through the systems speaker. This device was designed specifically for people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease, tetraplegia, or who have any other disability affecting their communication abilities such as LIS (locked in syndrome), muscular dystrophy (MD), spinal cord injuries (SCI), and some cases of traumatic brain injuries.
LusoVU launched a Kickstarter campaign on 16th of June that will be running until the 16th of July 2014. This campaign aims at gathering the necessary funds to make the product available within approximately 6 months. In case the campaign’s goal is not reached LusoVU is still committed to develop the device but it will surely take much longer for the product to be available in the market and therefore reach the people that are eager to have it. And time is of essence for people with some of these diseases. The campaign is also an excellent opportunity to acquire the device at much lower prices than it will be commercialized at a later stage.
“… LusoVU’s project to enable eye controlled communication via a wearable device will make a dramatic difference in my daily life. I will no longer have apprehension about my inability to communicate with others while I am in bed, in the bathroom, or away from home. Not being able to communicate is a powerless feeling but being able to wear my communication device wherever I am brings the power back to me. I hope that you will consider supporting this very important project that can help people like me and others with similar paralysis live better lives and communicate freely without bounds again.” – Francis Tsai – Artist, worked in the video games industry, comic book publishers, role playing games, trading card games, film and TV design. Authored two art instruction books.
LusoVU is a Spin-off of LusoSpace (www.lusospace.com) which inherits from its mother company a deep knowledge in state of the art technology and a DNA of quality solutions. LusoVU designs, develops, prototypes, integrates and produces Augmented Reality hardware and software solutions based on its acquired disruptive concepts that will enable it to reach beyond current paradigms of communication.