Music is a universal language that can connect people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. Unfortunately, there are many people who are unable to partake in the joy of making music due to certain disabilities that limit the mobility of their hands and arms. Eye Conductor is an app being developed specifically to break down that barrier.
Built by designer Andreas Refsgaard, the Eye Conductor app uses a built-in tracking system that monitors eye and face movements and interprets them as specific commands that create musical notes and beats. All that’s required to run the app is a computer, your average webcam, and a $99 eye-tracker.
Although technically anyone can use Eye Conductor to make music hands-free, the app is tailored to those people living with disabilities, and requires only movement of the eyes, mouth, or eyebrows to communicate to construct beats and play instruments. Since the app uses an open system, it can even be customized to accommodate the physical abilities of the particular person who’s using it.
Eye Conductor is a project that’s still in the development phase. Refsgaard aims to release a web version to the public before the end of the year.
Check out the video above for a demo and more info on the hands-free music-making app.
[Engadget via Andreas Refsgaard]
Photo Credit: andreasrefsgaard.dk