Friday, March 19, 2010

Art and Technology Helping in Life

By simply moving your eyes, the EyeWriter can help artists handicapped by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka "Lou Gehrig's Disease", or other paralyzing diseases, draw. ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease, paralyzes its victims, disallowing artists to create their design.

The EyeWriter is a result of the collaboration of Free Art and Technology, OpenFrameworks, Graffiti Research Lab, Ebeling Group communities, and ALS sufferer Tony Quan.

Tony Quan, a graffiti artist, hadn't drawn in years due to his disease. But then came Zachary Lieberman, the head of this project and friend of Tony Quan, with his new EyeWriter.

Zachary Lieberman is a computer programmer who specializes in computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and computer vision. He combines his skills in fascinating projects, some of which he profiled in a recent lecture now available online courtesy of PopTech. To learn more about Zachary, read this Herald article.

To learn more about this project, visit:
Sources:, wikipedia, PopTech
By Brigette W.

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