Under the supervision of an Indian-origin scientist, a Khalifa university computer engineering student has developed a software that will allow people to control the mouse on a laptop or desktop computer through the movement of their eyes.
The invention may help people with physical disabilities to become fully functional on a personal computer or laptop.
Sultan Ahmad Sultan Al Sharif developed the software called the 'Virtual Mouse: Human Eye based Mouse Control' as part of his final year project to assist those with special needs under the supervision of Harish Bhaskar, assistant professor of computer engineering at KU, and Yousuf Iraqi.
"This project is aimed at everyone but specifically for those who have a physical disability," Al Sharif told the Gulf News.
"People who can't use their hands or move their bodies can now use our system to control an on-screen mouse with their eye," he said.
Al Sharif added the control happens because a person's eye movements are followed by a laptop's embedded camera (or a desktop computer's camera) to move the on-screen mouse.
"To perform a click function you close one eye; either the left or right to perform a left or right click. If both eyes are closed the computer is sent into sleep mode," he said.
Al Sharif and his supervisors are currently in the process of patenting the software.