Tobii Dynavox Launches New Speech Tablet with Eye-tracking Integration System

Tobii Dynavox Launches New Speech Tablet with Eye-tracking Integration System

Tobii Dynavox has launched the next generation of its I-Series, an integrated speech tablet designed for people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The tablet features an integrated eye tracking device that uses the Swedish company’s latest sensor IS5 and a partner window that allows users to communicate with others face to face.

Users can use the new desktop control tool, called wake-on-gaze, to turn on their device using only their eyes, increasing their independence while preserving the device’s battery life.

“Eye tracking unlocks a world of possibilities and with this new device, built on years of research and customer feedback, we have pushed the limits of what a communication device can do,” Fredrik Ruben, CEO of Tobii Dynavox, said in a news release.

“Our goal with the new I-Series is to create the best possible experience and empower our users in their daily lives for increased independence,” he added.

The device also features a partner window at the back of the device which works like a mirror showing the phrases being typed on the tablet in real time, allowing face-to-face communication with others.

Moreover, the tablet includes adaptive buttons at the front that are accessible with eye tracking and touch, providing users and caregivers flexibility and access to common functionalities.

The new tablet is slimmer and lighter, is medical graded, has a screen designed to reduce glare, and was built to withstand damage from dust and water, or from being dropped or hit, as shown by its IP54 rating.

“The I-Series has made it possible for me to continue to do what ALS otherwise would have taken away from me,” said Jeff Fogel, a youth sports coach with ALS. “I can keep in touch with friends on Facebook, enjoy the latest shows on Netflix and go to live concerts.”

“But most importantly,” he added, “I can continue to coach the kids in basketball, football and deliver my pre- and post-game speeches to them.”

This video shows Fogel using his I-Series tablet:

Patricia holds her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from University Nova de Lisboa, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European Agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Laboratory of Doctor David A. Fidock, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York.
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Ana holds a PhD in Immunology from the University of Lisbon and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM) in Lisbon, Portugal. She graduated with a BSc in Genetics from the University of Newcastle and received a Masters in Biomolecular Archaeology from the University of Manchester, England. After leaving the lab to pursue a career in Science Communication, she served as the Director of Science Communication at iMM.
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Patricia holds her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from University Nova de Lisboa, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European Agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Laboratory of Doctor David A. Fidock, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York.

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