There are many people who have not been players due to their disabilities. But the idea for one person can be a powerful force to move the world forward, just like the alleged inventor of the typewriter who built it in order to communicate with a blind friend. Our challenge is to shift the social stereotype that people with disabilities cannot be players, by utilizing a technology and creativity.
Due to our mission, we launched a platform ALL PLAYERS TOOL LAB. First, we worked with two ALS artists to develop a music instrument that utilizes the possibilities of gaze input. For ALS patients who suffer from paralysis of the limbs, operating computer applications using eye gaze is a primary tool for creative activities. However, such tools require eye movement to operate detailed buttons that are designed for normal people to operate with a mouse, making it difficult to use them in a real-time performance. Therefore, with ALS musicians, we enable live performance with the line of sight. Three tools were made: “EYE XY PAD,” specialized in real-time performance, “SHOOTING PAD,” solves the issue of remote performance, and “EYE MIDI PAD” focuses on integration with the Ableton Live UI.
Dentsu Lab Tokyo