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Biomechanical Systems

Assistive Technology with Eye Tracking

Students are introduced to the history, development, and design features of Eye Tracking. The lab will specifically focus on the application of eye tracking in assistive technology that helps people with physical limitations. Students will make a mechanical model of an eye to understand how the computer sees the eye when performing eye tracking. Students will also make sketches of the eye/eye tracker’s geometry and derive trigonometric equations used to measure the eye’s pointing direction. Finally, students will work through a series of mazes using eye gaze to apply the ideas behind Life Drive into the classroom.

Students will:
  • Analyze real-world problems and use critical thinking skills in order to solve them
  • Explore developments in eye tracking technology.
  • Understand how eye tracking can be used to help people with physical limitations communicate
  • Design a model for an eye using the materials given.
  • Use geometry to understand how a computer can track eye movement
  • Explain the engineering process as it pertains to their design and reflect on opportunities to improve it.
  • Understand that technology needs to be made with user experience in mind.
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John Sexton
Founder & CEO, LifeDrive

John is the founder and CEO of LifeDrive, a company providing assistive technology solutions that allow disabled individuals to control their power wheelchairs with their eyes and voice. John is a Senior studying electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame involved in the Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

John Sexton

Founder & CEO, LifeDrive

John is the founder and CEO of LifeDrive, a company providing assistive technology solutions that allow disabled individuals to control their power wheelchairs with their eyes and voice. John is a Senior studying electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame involved in the Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

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