Eye Assist / Xtensa

Eye Assist is a university start-up working on the development of an alternative – and relatively inexpensive – solution to empower people with severe motor disabilities to communicate.
Using software that tracks eye movement, EyeAssist is a device that enables people suffering from neuro-degenerative diseases (ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, Locked-in Syndrome) to re-engage with the world, communicate with the people around them and interact with their environment.

Compared to existing technological solutions, EyeAssist is forecast to cost 8-10 times less. This would mean that a greater percentage of existing patients would be able to be assisted while at the same time allowing public health system to curb spending.

The Only The Brave Foundation is supporting the development of the software so that a final product that can be brought to market as soon as possible.

Official website: www.xtensa.it

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Facts and Figures

  • 8-10 times cheaper than existing solutions
  • 2011 project began
  • 3 co-founders
  • 2 years to begin commercialisation
  • 1 year to develop the software prototype
  • Winner of the 2011 Make A Change Social Entrepreneur Award