Students from the Hebrew University have developed software that helps children with disabilities express emotions through the eyes only. The development was selected as an outstanding final project from among the projects carried out as part of the degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Eitan Mualem andAmber citrate, Students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Hebrew University, contacted the PLA (Solutions for Children, ELIN) Department at Elin Hospital, a center for the rehabilitation of children and youth, in an attempt to understand how they can contribute their knowledge for the children.
At the first meeting, the PLA team told them about Jasmine Chen, A girl who felt frustrated that she could not see her surroundings or express emotions due to physical disability. “Children with physical disabilities strive on a daily basis to express their feelings, and are constantly looking for ways to use advanced technology to connect with their environment, including using a computer and camera to resemble other children,” says Dr. Morit Barry, CEO of Elin Hospital –
The students decided to lift the glove and developed software that allows children to photograph themselves and use supplements that express emotions – and all through the eyes only. They were aided by technology Eye Gaze, Which allows the user to control the computer with his eyes only by a special camera connected to the computer and monitors the user’s gaze.
For more than half a year, children at ELIN have been using software developed by the students. “Every child has a computer with a dedicated camera that takes control of the mouse, and the software we built interfaces with them,” Zitter explains. “Expressing mood: happy, sad and angry, and edit the image with filters, stickers and features.“
I have HebronA communication clinician who communicates with children using the software shares: “One of the experiences with the software was that of a 13.year.old girl living at Elin Hospital. Until the software was not allowed to take selfies independently, take pictures, express creativity and emotions by similar means, “She has the opportunity to integrate and do actions like the other children her age. In addition, this experience allowed her to express through her various emojis her feelings and personal experience at certain moments when she chose to take a picture.“
Hila Burrell“The software that the Hebrew University students have developed changes lives and allows children to do things they could not do independently before.” Eitan Mualem, who was one of the initiators, concluded: “Non.profit, with the goal of helping millions of children around the world and in Israel, for whom the software will change lives.”