Now you can type and click with your eyes through OptiKey, an assistive on-screen keyboard
When it cost tens of thousands of dollars to enable technology to the people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Motor Neuron Disease (MND), Julius Sweetland, a 32-year-old software developer from London has spent past four years using his spare time to build OptiKey, a free and open-source assistive on-screen keyboard for Windows compatible with low-cost eye-tracking devices.
OptiKey was written to challenge the outrageously expensive, unreliable and difficult to use AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) products on the market. It is, therefore, fully open-source and free forever, Says Julius Sweetland.
OptiKey is an assistive on-screen keyboard that gives people with motor and speech limitations, full computer control and speech using only their eyes. It’s an alternative to a physical keyboard and can be used to type into any application. OptiKey also features an optional swipe-like functionality found in many smart phone keyboards.
Sweetland was inspired to develop OptiKey, after the death of his aunt, who had an MND. Many people have expressed interest to donate money for his wonderful gift to the world. But, rather than accepting donations, Sweetland set up a crowdfunding page for those who insisted on giving, to raise funds for cancer research.