Paralyzed Artist Draws With His Eyes


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Graffiti artist Tony Quan suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and is unable to move any part of his body other than his eyes. But thanks to an open source computer project called EyeWriter, he can still draw. The technology tracks the movements of his eyes, allows him to select different shapes and colors, and then projects his images onto the sides of buildings. The above video is a selection from a documentary about the project.

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ALS sucks. I had met people during my volunteering at hospitals and seeing them struggle trying to be understood always tore me up. I'm just happy to see a possible way to communicate being created.

The Eyewriter is awesome and open sourcing is kick ass!
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Jason Becker was once a guitar prodigy who seemed destined to be the next Van Halen. He was struck down with ALS at 19 but went on to complete an album with similar technology.
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No, it can't overcome ALS in terms of suckage. But watching my dad die of ALS, I can say that anything that gives the sufferer an outlet is a good thing.
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I don't care how cool it is, it can't overcome the epic suck that is Lou Gehrig's disease. What a shit way to die.

Incidentally, the two people I know who died of the disease were both around paint quite a bit, one being a painting contractor and the other a residential landlord.

:'(
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