Minecraft and Computer Access using Eye Gaze

A talk about the life-changing impact eye gaze technology has had for a young woman with cerebral palsy.

Becky Tyler is 16 years old. She has severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy and uses special technology to access her computer. Eye gaze, a still relatively new technology, has changed Becky’s life in terms of enabling her to use the computer more effectively.

However, accessing mainstream software using this technology can still be a challenge. Although eye gaze compatible software is still a niche market, Microsoft is now preparing its operating system Windows 10 for eye gaze support and recent tech developments by SpecialEffect have made the computer game Minecraft eye gaze compatible.

Becky will talk about her eye gaze journey from accessing her communication software to playing video games and creating art. She will discuss her involvement in the development of EyeMine, the eye gaze accessible Minecraft, and talk about future aspirations.

This talk is linked to Technology Taster Day at V&A Dundee on 24 Aug, where researchers from the University's AAC Research Group in Computing in the School of Science and Engineering will be demonstrating Eyegaze technology activities. The Group is the world leader in developing intelligent and multimodal technologies within the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), working with leading companies in the field to support and enhance interaction for individuals with a variety of communication impairments. 

Tickets: Free