When Ingram Micro launched the Comet Competition, the goal was to discover and support talented B2B tech startups with technologies that are destined to change the world. EyeControl, a Comet Competition runner-up, is doing exactly that in the area of communication for patients afflicted with conditions like ALS, brain injury and stroke.
Even more important than the freedom of speech is the freedom to speak.
Established in 2016, EyeControl is achieving revolutionary advances in AI-powered eye-tracking technology. Their solution gives locked-in or ventilated patients who can’t speak the ability to communicate and control their environment using only eye movements.
In fact, the EyeControl product is the first wearable, screenless, assistive communication device that’s so simple to use, a patient can be up and running—and fully trained—in less than 20 minutes.
The market need for eye-controlled devices
Demand for this particular type of communication technology is massive. More than 1.2 million individuals worldwide lack the physical ability to move or speak, yet possess full cognitive abilities to do so. Aside from these individuals, more than 5.7 million patients are admitted to ICUs and rehabilitation centers annually, with about 40% of them requiring mechanical ventilation and temporarily losing the ability to verbally communicate.
Technology of this caliber has life-altering implications. It improves the quality of life for these individuals by allowing them to express their needs and it’s also a godsend for their family, friends and caregivers. These devices would not only allow a way for them to communicate, but also a way for them to truly connect.
Before this technology, solutions required that locked-in individuals be calibrated to a screen for communication, forcing them to become dependent on these screens while severely limiting the user. The EyeControl wearable is a huge improvement and provides a 24/7 communications solution that’s available immediately.
Clearly, EyeControl is revolutionizing and disrupting the global assistive technology market by offering a convenient solution that restores the benefits of communication in a way previous devices have never been able to achieve.
Personalizing assistive communication technology
The EyeControl’s technology is based upon unique machine learning algorithms developed through an extensive collection of various eye sizes, shapes and colors, allowing the device to work without calibration and in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.
This is the first assistive communication device that enables personalization based on the user’s precise range of eye motion, even at advanced stages of movement deterioration. Plus, the EyeControl’s technology is adapted to a range of one to five eye gestures, so even individuals with a varying limitation in their range of eye movements can fully benefit.
In addition, audio cues via bone conduction can be combined with eye movements, making for a unique interaction that adds invaluable functionality. People can also hear their own language and transmit in another language, allowing unprecedented communication with international caregivers. And cloud services facilitate remote access, including user preferences and content editing.
Democratizing access to assistive technologies
Through the Comet Competition, Ingram Micro is proud and excited to accelerate EyeControl’s trajectory to market success. The EyeControl product improves the quality of life for those who cannot speak for themselves, restoring basic human dignity and independence for countless individuals around the globe. To learn more about this exciting technology, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you’re a B2B tech startup looking for non-equity assistance, visit the Comet Competition site to compete for your share of over $5 million in go-to-market cash and funds.