F.A.T. Lab, GRL, TEMPT ONE + Accessibility

TEMPT ONE / GRL / FAT Lab Project

In one of the best eye-tracking technology projects I’ve seen, the folks from the Graffiti Research Lab and FAT Lab have teamed up with Theodore Watson, Zachary Lieberman, and Christine Sugrue to tackle a novel accessibility problem: enabling pioneering graffiti artist Tempt, hospitalized for over two years with the muscle atrophy of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), to be able to tag again. Out of all of the things I heard about at SXSW this year, I think this project was the thing that excited me the most — open source hardware + software hacking, vision work, accessibility concerns, graffiti and a great story!

The system they’re developing is using the excellent openFrameworks library and two small cameras: the left can be used as a “mouse button” event by holding that eye closed, and the right eye’s pupil is tracked for gesture. The result is a simple hands-free drawing app, which they will connect with the GRL’s laser tag tools, giving Tempt the ability to express himself through graf writing again.

You can check out the rest of their videos under the TEMPT1 tag on fffff.at (“Release early, often, and w/ rap music.”), but here’s a good one to get you started:

Day #6: From Beyond from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

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2 responses to “F.A.T. Lab, GRL, TEMPT ONE + Accessibility”

  1. F.A.T. » OF workshop @ iMal Brussels
    June 6th, 2009
    8:51 am

    […] don’t know, OF is an open source cross platform c++ library that has been used for alot of FAT […]

  2. Angel
    October 12th, 2009
    2:30 am

    Hello Tempt
    I was very interested in reading on Adam Norwood’s site that you had been hospitalized for over two years with the muscle atrophy of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and more recently that you are now able to tag again.

    Did you know that there is someone who has been completely healed from this fatal disease?

    Please refer to my website http://deephealingfromwithin.com/ and you will be able to listen to his testimony about how he was able to heal himself.

    While I myself have not had the same disease I have suffered for most of my 58 years on this earth with other problems. I have used this method of healing on my own body and am so very happy with the results.

    There is hope for those who suffer from ALS.

    You just need to research for yourself the effectiveness of this programme.


    Kindest regards to you and those you love