I don't know how to say it, but my EyeTech eye tracker has flipped my world upside down in the best way possible. Growing up I often felt really frustrated about my disability, and then on top of that developed repetitive overuse strain as I got older. I felt completely stuck as a designer. Not to mention, I was always frustrated by the fact I would have to wait to have help making physical architecture models. On top of trying to finish my architecture degree, I had to start giving up the thing I liked to do most which is paint. I absolutely loved to paint. I have always had tons of ideas floating through my mind, but have had a problem physically executing them in the past. I tried to remain optimistic in this fast pace world but often felt like a dinosaur roaming the earth. Yes, I am thankful to have dictation software. It never felt like enough when I constantly wanted to be creating something with my hands. Especially from some one who wears their heart on their sleeve. Then one day I was sitting in my VocRehab's office and I learned about EyeTech's eye tracker. And I remember thinking "what? This simply can not be real..." Well, it was real. Nowadays I can do what I love to do best. I can create eye paintings. I can do eye sketches with my eyes and let my writing hand rest. I can create cards. Although, I am still practicing and learning how to master eye tracking with all different types of design programs, I have hope that I can create a new destiny. You see, my eye tracking mouse has given me the ability to see again... I can see beyond my disability. So much so I moved to Arizona to be closer to this amazing company.
Below are some pictures that Rachel has created using her EyeTech Digital Systems' TM5 Eye Tracker.