Computers allow paralyzed artists to draw using their eyes

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LOS ANGELES, CA – There’s eye art, which is art that uses the eyes as the subjects. And there’s eye art, where the eyes draw the picture.

The Eyewriter is a low-cost system that allows paralyzed artists to use their eyes for drawing. It’s for use with commercial eye-tracking devices.

The Los Angeles graffiti artist and activist known as Tempt One has had ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease since 2003. He’s completely paralyzed except for his eyes.

An international team is working with Tempt One to form a professional and social network of software developers, hackers, graffiti artists and other ALS patients to make eye art possible using Eyewriter.

Graham Fink is a British artist. He doesn’t have ALS, but he also creates art with his eyes. He uses a system similar to tempt one’s Eyewriter.

The one developed by a Chinese company uses two infrared lights that shine in his eyes. The reflection of his eye movements gets turned into lines that look a lot like what you get with an Etch-a-Sketch.

The finished product can take up to an hour of total concentration, because the computer will pick up every movement of the eye, no matter how small.

It’s said that art is in the eye of the beholder. And sometimes it is simply in the eye.

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