September 22, 2013
Let us now praise the late Thomas E. Hutchinson, who invented ERICA
Long Washington Post obituary by Matt Schudel short: Hutchinson — who died at 77 on September 2 — "...applied several scientific disciplines to his new project. He brought together physiology, optics, computer science and biomedical engineering and, by 1984, had invented and patented what he called eye-gaze technology."
"His Eye-gaze Response Interface Computer Aid — ERICA, for short — uses infrared light to track the movement of a person's eyes across a computer screen. The changing focus of the eyes causes the computer's cursor to move to different keys or visual images, allowing people to communicate like anyone else with a computer. They can type on a keyboard, change heating and air-conditioning controls and surf the Internet."
"'Eyes had never been used before as an output device for a machine, but I knew the eyes would be key to the solution,' Dr. Hutchinson said in 1999. 'Eyes are the most robust muscle in the human body, the last to die.'"
An enormous breakthrough, on par with the coming (less than ten years away) restoration of spinal cord function to quadriplegics and paraplegics.
The lame and the halt shall rise up and walk and what a great day that will be.
I have long believed (since I was a teenager) that anything that can be imagined is possible.
Nothing over the past 50 years has given me any reason to change my mind — in fact, I've doubled down on my point of view.
September 22, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink
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