Inspiring a Digital Society (Hall X3)
Stand number: i29
MAMEM aims to reintegrate people with severe motor disabilities (e.g. Parkinson's Disease, Neuromuscular Disease, Spinal Cord Injury) into society by enabling them to control computer interfaces using unconventional means, i.e. eye-movements and bio-signals instead of a hand-based mouse and keyboard. These novel technologies give people with severely limited movement more space to communicate and interact, both at work and at play (e.g. accessing social networks).
MAMEM was completed in July 2018. The project developed a gaze-controlled web browser, called GazeTheWeb, that is specifically designed to be easily controlled by eye-movements. GazeTheWeb allows people with motor disabilities to access the full range of web-based applications using only their eyes. It increases both the speed and scope of online interactions, as it automatically transforms web content into eye-movement-accessible interfaces, giving prompt access to a wider range of content and applications.
In addition, the project adapted the popular computer game TETRIS to allow people with motor disabilities to play it using eye-movements and bio-signals. Until now, TETRIS could only be enjoyed by motor-abled players, as it depended on mouse and keyboard commands. With this new version, the player can rotate the "tetrimino" with their mind and place it with their gaze, while the player’s stress level measured by a Galvanic Skin Response device controls the speed at which the tetrimino moves.
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