NXNEI: EyeWriter inventor Mick Ebeling
Entrepreneur Mick Ebeling, founder of Not Impossible Labs, tells NXNEI 2013 that crowdsourced tools like the EyeWriter can change the medical industry.
- The session, about Mick Ebeling's efforts to help ALS-stricken graffiti artist TEMPT create art again, was one of the Star's top picks for the festival.
- Ebeling and an international team worked together to create a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system that allows ALS patients such as TEMPT ((also known as Tempt One or Tempt1) to draw using just their eyes.
- The thank-you note.
- Accolades poured in.
- And now there's a documentary about it.
- Why did the Eyewriter project work so well?
- The success spurred Mick Ebeling on to similar projects through his new venture, Not Impossible Labs, which acts like a "matchmaking service" for makers and people with important causes. He says that citizen-based initiatives such as this can revolutionize a well-intentioned but flawed medical industry by cutting through the red tape usually associated with bureaucracy.
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