Eyes are cool things. They let you see, experience and do things that would be pretty difficult otherwise. I know that’s a strange theme for a blog post but bear with me. I’ve come across these two projects recently and I thought it was an interesting dichotomy.
The first story is an inspirational one. It's about using eyes to communicate when there are no other options. It centers around a graffiti artist known as Tempt who has lost all movement due to advanced stage Lou Gehrig’s Disease. His only communication method was an eye tracking system that cost nearly $1500 dollars and simply didn’t work all that well. A group of artists and programmers decided they could do better and made a system for about $50, using off the shelf components and open source software. The resulting system is both amazing and inspiring- I can only imagine what these guys felt watching Tempt virtually tag his name for the first time in years. The video is 5 minutes but absolutely worth it- Pure bliss.
It’s normally too simplistic to qualify things as good or evil in the world but in this case it's a pretty easy call.