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What is EagleEyes?

How does the EagleEyes system work?

What is the Campus School?

What have we accomplished so far?

Can I bring in my child to try out the system?

What happens if I am interested in using EagleEyes?

How can we obtain our own EagleEyes system?

Who is responsible for the EagleEyes project?

Where can I get more information about EagleEyes?


Questions & Answers

What is EagleEyes?
EagleEyes is a technology that allows the user to move the cursor on the screen of a Windows computer by moving his or her eyes or head. Basically, the cursor follows the location that the user is looking at on the screen. The eyes replace the mouse. Selection is made by looking at a small area of the screen for a short period of time, which causes a mouse click.

 

How does the EagleEyes system work?
EagleEyes is based on measuring a user's EOG or electro-oculographic potential. The EOG is a small electrical potential which indicates the position of the eye relative to the head. Surface electrodes are placed on the user's forehead, above and below one eye, and on each side of the head to the left and right of the eyes. The five electrodes are connected to an electrophysiological amplifier which is connected to a computer. A program in the computer translates the signals received from the electrodes into the position of the cursor on the screen. When the user moves his or her eyes, the cursor moves. Boston College undergraduates learn to use the system well enough within an hour to use EagleEyes to spell out messages at the rate of one character every 2.5 seconds.

What is the Campus School?
The Campus School is a day-time educational facility for more than 40 students, aged 3 to 22, who have multiple impairments. Comprehensive educational programs are provided, along with medical and other clinical services, as are specialized short- and long-term diagnostic programs. The Campus School is part of the School of Education of Boston College and is located in Campion Hall on the main BC campus. Boston College students are involved with the Campus School as volunteers, interns, and student teachers. For more information on the Campus School, please visit their website at http://www.bc.edu/campusschool

 

What have we accomplished so far?
he EagleEyes technology can be used as a mouse-replacement with commercially available software and with custom-built software for Windows computers. Over the past 10 years we have been teaching children and young adults with severe disabilities to use the technology. These children are able to "eye paint" (create "finger paintings" by moving their eyes) and run educational, entertainment, and communications software just by moving their eyes. Students are currently using the EagleEyes system for their academic work in regular school situations, achieving some exciting successes. We are engaged in conducting more formal assessment and study of the system as an educational and instructional tool. Over a dozenį¼ EagleEyes systems are in use in the U.S. and England.

 

Can I bring in my child to try out the system?
Sure! If you have a child whom you think might benefit from EagleEyes, or you yourself are interested, please contact Maureen Gates to discuss the appropriateness of the referral and to make arrangements.

 

What happens if I am interested in using EagleEyes?
If all parties decide that there is a good potential for beneficial use of the technology by the child then we will work with the parents and school personnel to set appropriate goals, incorporate the program into the child's Individual Education Plan (IEP), and make suitable arrangements for the child to come to the Campus School to use the technology on a regular basis.

 

How can we obtain our own EagleEyes system?
Our objective is to make EagleEyes available to anyone who can make effective use of it. The Opportunity Foundation of America has an exclusive license to manufacture and distribute EagleEyes. Please contact Debbie Inkley, Executive Director of the Foundation, for more information.

 

Who is responsible for the EagleEyes project?
This project is a labor of love. The technology has been developed largely on a volunteer basis by Boston College faculty, students, and staff. Most expenses associated with this project have been paid for by Boston College. We have received donations from Accenture, the GTE Foundation, LTX Corporation, the Mitsubishi Foundation, Transition Solutions, and from other friends and alumni. We are very grateful for the support we have received.

 

Where can I get more information about EagleEyes?

For information on the Campus School / EagleEyes Project, please contact:

Maureen Gates
Campus School
Campion Hall
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

(617) 552-8214
gatesma@bc.edu

For technical information on the EagleEyes system, please contact:

James Gips, Egan Professor of Computer Science
Carroll School of Management
Fulton Hall 460B
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3808

(617) 552-3981
gips@bc.edu
http://www.cs.bc.edu/~gips/

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