Testing out assistive technology!

EyePro

On Friday, August 10th, Equal Grounds hosted their second workshop this one focused on assistive technologies and had the opportunity to test out the EyePro, TrackerPro and EyeWriter. It was great to see many new faces interested in assistive tech, most notably having Eric Wan of Komodo Open Labs at the workshop.

Here are some of my thoughts of the devices we tested:

EyePro
http://www.words-plus.com/

Cons 

  • Too tiring on the eyes
  • Price of $7,000
  • High sensitivity but it just requires adjustments

Pros

  • Not requiring the use of my arms
  • EyePro software allows you click with your eyes

Comments: For those who have limited head movement should definitely give this a try. It would take some time for your eyes to adjust to the device as it can tire you out.

TrackerPro
http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/product/tracker-pro

Cons 

  • Tiring of the neck
  • High sensitivity but it just requires adjustments
  • Price of $1,200
  • Requires additional button or software for clicking

Pros

  • You don’t need to use the mouse

Comments: For those who have limited arm movement should definitely give this a try. It would take some time for your head and neck to get use to as it can tire you out.

Overall comments: Even though a button is needed, I felt that the TrackerPro was easier to control. And the price is better compared to the EyePro. Both devices are great for those that may have limited arm movement. I will continue testing out the TrackerPro for the next two weeks and will report back. There will be more workshops to come, keep following us if you are interested in assistive technologies and work opportunities.

Torrance Ho
About Torrance Ho 190 Articles
Power Hockey Athlete with TPWHL, Passionate Sports Writer, Huge supporter of the Paralympics and para sports, Accessibility Ambassador, Co-Founder of Equal Grounds.

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