Developer brings open source software for ALS patients




A developer has written a program which, for example ALS patients with their eyes still can continue using their computer. The program is as open source software became available.

The program is called OptiKey and runs on Windows. It is suitable for use with an eye tracker, which is present can be obtained relatively cheaply. In this way, the tool can be operated with the eyes. The program supports standard five eyetrackers.

OptiKey controls include the mouse and keyboard on a Windows computer. For typing, the user must keep his eyes focused on a letter and a half seconds. There appears a symbol that indicates how long he must fix his eyes.

OptiKey with the written words can also be read. OptiKey would therefore ideally suited for patients with muscle disease, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Usually, ALS patients in an advanced stage of the disease only use the eyes yet.

Developer Julius worked as they say 3.5 years in the program, which under GPLv3 license is released and therefore is of interest to scientific research. His aunt died of a muscle disease, and he indicated that existing solutions are too expensive and do not work well. The developer says the project forever wanting to offer free of charge.

On Reddit give some people that they want to donate to support the developer, but Julius does not explicitly receive the money. Instead, he asked to transfer the money to another charity. Well looking he volunteers who want to help to improve the software, language support and more. There are already manuals.


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