Steve Gleason

Microsoft’s first-ever company wide Hacakthon demonstrates what can be achieved when people work together with a common goal. The project brought together a cross-discipline team of researchers, engineers, designers, program managers and media professionals from across Microsoft. The global Hackathon’s grand prize winner “Ability Eye Gaze” had produced some great results for a former footballer, Steve Gleason now living with ALS (Motor Neuron’s Disease). Part of the team’s accomplishments were to help Gleason “drive” his wheelchair. The team used eyegaze technology with the Surface Pro 3, created a user interface to navigate the wheelchair and devised a way to use a Kinect sensor to safely manoeuvre around objects when detected.

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