Man With ALS Designs Home Automation System Controlled By Eye Movement

January 5, 2017

People with physical disabilities, such as those living with ALS, can benefit from a home automation system that can be controlled by eye movement—and even brain waves.

CNN tells the story of Steve Saling, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 37. With his architectural background, Saling obtained a $500,000 grant and designed a system called the Promixis Environment Automation Controller, or PEAC. It uses a wireless signal to allow users to open and close doors and operate lights and electronics without using hands.

Saling moved into an assisted living facility with other people who have ALS.

Saling laid out the facility to maximize social interaction and designed the garden with a reinforced layer so wheelchairs wouldn't damage the lawn. His goal was to create a nursing residence that felt like home.

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