Our company started from a challenge made by Steve Gleason -- he wanted to drive his wheelchair using just his eyes. Steve's challenge was issued to Microsoft as part a hackathon known as OneWeek. After Microsoft created a research prototype, Evergreen Circuits picked up the concept and in partnership with Team Gleason and Every 90 Minutes is bringing the technology to market.
The Independence Drive combines a powered wheelchair, tablet computer, and eye tracking camera into a virtual joystick which controls the movement of the wheelchair.
The Independence Drive will be available for purchase in first quarter of 2019.
The Independence Drive Interface and software is under $2000. Independence Drive requires that you have a powered wheelchair with a 9-pin connection port for alternative drive controls, an eye tracking computer or tablet like a Surface Pro with an Eye Tracker camera, and a mounting system on your wheelchair to hold your computer or tablet. All together if you need everything except the wheelchair itself the cost can be up to $7000.
Yes, some non-profits have funds available to help people with their technology needs. For example, Team Gleason often helps people living with ALS with their technology costs. If you are a non-profit providing assistance to individuals with disabilities we offer a partner discount. Please send an email to email@example.com for more information.
We have a discussion board on Slack that we will send you an invitation for when you sign up or you can drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sure, please create a customer account with us and we will drop you a note when the technology is available.