Tobii gives disabled users the power to control iPads with their eyes


Using your eyes to control a computer or laptop might seem like a great way to free your hands and increase your productivity, but for users with disabilities, it could open the door to an online world that many of us do. take for granted. Sweden’s Tobii Dynavox has now brought his eye tracking expertise to the Apple iPad, giving voice to people with conditions like cerebral palsy, ALS and spinal cord injuries.

Tobii’s TD Pilot is like a bulky tablet case that brings native eye-tracking integration to an iPad, the company leveraging the power of iPadOS 15 to allow users to engage with social media, play games, schedule entertainment, access educational apps, etc. about using their eyes to control a cursor on the screen.

It also comes with a bunch of specially designed Enhanced and Alternative Communications (AAC) software applications, including TD Talk which converts text generated by eye movement into “natural sounding speech,” a communication toolkit. called TD Snap to facilitate communication with the symbol help and a calibration and management suite called TD CoPilot.

The TD Pilot boasts a rugged design, includes two built-in 10W speakers, comes with optional Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and can be wheelchair or rack mounted. Tobii’s latest eye-tracking hardware would work in most lighting conditions, even outdoors in direct sunlight. And the Made for iPad accessory sports a secondary display on the back to make face-to-face conversations more natural by essentially reflecting what is entered by the user followed by their gaze.

The TD Pilot can be mounted on a stand or a wheelchair, and the eye tracking equipment is designed to work indoors or outdoors, even in direct sunlight.

Tobii Dynavox

“We are extremely proud to launch TD Pilot, a life-changing communications solution that enables people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest,” said Fredrik Ruben, CEO of the company. “TD Pilot offers its customers a medically certified eye-controlled communication device for iPad. By integrating our state-of-the-art eye tracking technology on iPad, we have created a powerful and easy-to-use solution to meet the needs of our customers. “

The TD Pilot pack is on sale now and comes with an iPad, connection cables and its own battery. What has not been shared is a price, but Tobii notes that potential users may be eligible for funding to help integrate this assistive technology into their lives, it can also be prescribed as a medical device by specialists, and even “provided by insurance systems globally.” The video below has more.

TD Pilot: iPad speech generator, controlled by the eyes

Product sheet: TD Pilot


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