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Gabriele, age 56, motor disability: improving independence in communication by means of eye-gaze

Record number: 339
Last update: February 2005
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Author: Porcella B
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Year of publication: 2005
Gabriele: a clear and subtle mind trapped in a body that doesn't respond to commands. An ictus relegated him to the immobility and to a persistent silence from which he would like to escape, satisfying his fundamental needs: communication, interaction with the world, expression of feelings and thoughts. Gabriele can only communicate through his eyelids: looking up means yes, half-opening the eyes means no. With a 21 yellow and green letters table, he becomes a marksman of the alphabet. Yet his disease has been finally defeated by the patient's will and motivation and by the intelligence of the carers who believed in new technologies. This experience presents the experimentation results of a new eye-blink driven sensor for PC.
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