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For the 2010 Cinekid festival we took the GML loving RoboTagger one step further by directly connecting it to the new and improved Eyewriter 2.0 system, allowing children visiting the festival to write their name with their eyes and have it drawn by a giant, bright orange robot arm onto paper which they could take home with them.

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The system allowed them to both draw with their eyes and type with a keyboard. The keyboard was by far the most popular with the kids and it would send the letters they made to the robot using a typeface designed by paralysed graffiti artist Tempt1, made with the original Eyewriter system.

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Here is the full alphabet of Tempt1’s typeface ( grab a gml version ). Notice the EW signature in the corner :)

This is the Eyewriter 2.0 hardware. Now a glasses free design which is more more accurate, using a hacked PS3 Eye camera with two external LED clusters to make reference glints in the eye.

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Open Source:

Both the Eyewriter code and the Livewriter code are open source projects, made with openFrameworks. You can follow them on Github: Eyewriter Main Repo and Cinekid Livewriter Repo.

Credits:

Livewriter @ Cinekid:
Theo Watson, Golan Levin and Gijs Van Wee, Jan Van Laar ( Polynorm )
Based on the GML Robotagger by Golan Levin and Evan Roth

Eyewriter 2.0 Crew:
Zachary Lieberman, Ito Takayuki, Golan Levin, Kyle McDonald

Eyewriter Team:
Tempt1, Evan Roth, Chris Sugrue, Zachary Lieberman, Theo Watson and James Powderly.

Big thanks to:
Clint Beharry, Rui pereira, Lucas Werthein, Paul Ferragut, The Eyewriter Collab, Parsons The New School For Design, ABB and Polynorm.

Extras Special Thanks to Joost Broersen from Cinekid for making this happen!

Big thanks to Gijs Van Wee and Jan Van Laar from Polynorm who designed the hardware and software for the Livewriter and a big thanks to ABB for supplying us with the robot. Also big thanks to Golan for sharing his robot code and for inspiring the project!

Here is Jan making some late night additions to the robot.
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Gijs admiring his spring loaded marker pressure system, designed to give a conistant pressure to the marker.
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Made with openFrameworks :)
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About Eyewriter:
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The EyeWriter project is an ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people who are suffering from ALS with creative technologies. It is a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to draw using only their eyes.

To find out more about the Eyewriter project vist the main Eyewriter site: http://www.eyewriter.org/

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Posted on November 4, 2010

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Over the course of the last year we’ve been developing tools and software in collaboration with an amazing artist, TEMPT1, who suffers from advanced stage ALS. The resulting EyeWriter system is a free and open source DIY project that allows TEMPT1 to make art again by using his eyes for the first time in seven years.

An initial milestone in the project was to see TEMPT1 write his name again. Through Kickstarter we are now trying to help push a second milestone, which is TEMPT1’s return to being able to make a living as an artist. As a part of this initiative he is releasing new archival digital prints, an original type face drawn using the EyeWriter, a screen saver, T-shirts, letter press prints, a special xerox zine about his work and message, and large format robotically drawn eye tags.

$10 pledge – Custom eye-drawn font created by TEMPT1 using the EyeWriter (works on Mac, PC and Linux):

$75 pledge – Limited edition letter press print of original design by TEMPT1 (8″ x 10″, edition of 100). Printed by Paper Jam Press. Includes TEMPT1 Second To None zine.

$500 pledge – A Kanye West edition of the original EyeWriter glasses design made by the EyeWriter development team (edition of 5):

$1000 pledge – TEMPT1 tag designed by TEMPT1 using the EyeWriter and drawn with RoboTagger, a large industrial robotic device (edition of 10, each signed by thumbprint):

The Eyewriter team is also going to drop a 2.0 version of the device in the very near future that will allow users to do much more than just write graffiti (e.g. type, speak, browse the web) and costs about $100 in parts. This will be a brand new system that will functionally compete with incredibly expensive medical computing devices. Additional proceeds from the Kickstarter campaign will help fund this initiative.

To support TEMPT1, the Eyewriter team and to own some great art, please visit eyewriter.org/kickstarter and spread the word.

Thank you in advance from the entire team (chris, evan, james, theo, TEMPT1, zach)

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Posted on September 13, 2010

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It’s easy to find Beanbags (call +9126407382), Royal Enfields and Old Monk Rum in Bombay, but where do you find the parts to build an EyeWriter? Scroll down boss, scroll down.

A Part and Tool List for building a MumbaiWriter: a solder-less version of EyeWriter made from parts and tools found locally in Mumbai.

Store  Parts  Direction  Contact  Cost 
Patel Electric & Hardware  Insulated Tape, small screwdrivers, cable ties, iron wire, pliers/cutters  Opp. I.I.T. Market, Powai, Mumbai – 400 076  +91 22 2578 7524  234 Rs. 
Paras Photo Studio and Color Lab  Unexposed & processed 400 speed film  Shop No.3, Opp. State Bank of India IIT Main Gate, Powai 400 076  +91 22 2570 5014  175 Rs. 
Gala Electronics  2x Near IR LEDs, 1 meter 10 conductor stranded wire, 6x aligator clips, AA Battery holders  Sho No-2, Kotwal Mansion
Grant Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007, India
022 8821236
 
+91 22 2387 9562  65 Rs 
Mccann Infosys  Intex Webcam 2.0 megapixels   Plot Number 347, Shop Number 45, Rajesh Building, Opposite Lamington Road Police Station, Dr. Dadasaheb Bhadkamkar Marg
Lamington Road, Mumbai, Mumbai 400007, India
 
+ 91 22 2389 1916  380 Rs.  
D-Mart  Cheap Sunglasses  Ground Floor, High Street Corner, Hiranandani Gardens, Mumbai, India  n/a  149 Rs. 


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And if you wanna see what the resolution looks like on the other side of the tracks, here is documentary filmmaker Mark Foster’s take on the EyeWriter parts hunt.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post with assembly instructions from the FAT Lab: Jugaad since 2007.

BIG Thanks to Mark Foster, Anurag Garg, Vikrum Sood, Sreekumar Puthanveetil, Amitabh Bhattacharya, P-13, Nomad Films, Andthen, I.I.T. Bombay, Hanif Kureshi, Wilson, Shaunak, Vikas and the rest of the MumbaiWriter family…

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2009: Year of the FAT from james powderly on Vimeo.

In February 2010, the most renowned curators and critics in the world nominated the best 100 designs of the previous year for the Design Museum London’s Design of the Year Show. Amongst the fancy chairs, fabric sports cars and dresses for chubbers, 3 projects by FAT fellows were nominated in the category of Interactive Art: openFrameworks, Graffiti Taxonomy, and the EyeWriter. 100 designs were honored… but only one can win… probably gonna be that dead fashion designer…

So, like Babe Ruth, I’m calling my shot: The FAT Lab is gonna win the Interactive Art Category. Im so certain of it, that i am making a challenge to Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. If the F.A.T Lab wins, I will wear a red toupee for 3 months. If Amazon’s Kindle 2 wins, Bezos will have to wear the rug for a mere 30 days. If neither of us wins, we both do. C’mon Bezos, you know my number… let’s do dis! Usman, Eno, Jason, you want a piece of this action? In the words of another notorious loser, “Bring it on!”

If you’re in London (i feel sorry for you…), head down to the Museum to check out the show and tune-in to the Culture Show on BBC2 London on March 4th at 19:00 GMT for the results and may the best looking head win! And Tivo that shit, cuz I aint got a TV.

Congrats to Zach, Theo, Chris, Evan, Mick, Tony and the rest of the FAT crew for a great year. LYLAS!

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