Drew Hemment, former PICNIC speaker and Director of FutureEverything tipped us off about the EyeWriter, the winner of the first ever FutureEverything Award. This ingenious invention allows artists and graffiti writers with physical disabilities to draw using only their eyes.
The EyeWriter was voted the winning submission for the inaugural FutureEverything Award by the world-wide community of FutureEverything artists and participants from the past 15 years.
The EyeWriter is a pair of low-cost eye-tracking glasses that allow artists and graffiti writers with paralysis to draw using only their eyes. Inspired by Tony Quan, a graffiti writer, social activist and publisher who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (AML) in 2003, The EyeWriter is the result of a collaboration with five other artists and a production company. It is an ongoing project to empower people suffering from degenerative neuromuscular diseases with creative technologies.
Tony Quan comments: "Art is a tool of empowerment and social change, and I consider myself blessed to be able to create and use my work to promote health reform, bring awareness about ALS and help others."
Drew Hemment, Director of FutureEverything comments: "We were delighted with the high calibre and diversity of submissions for the debut FutureEverything Award, which was launched to celebrate outstanding innovation in art, society and technology. This year's winner demonstrates extraordinary creativity, imagination and ingenuity."
The winning candidate will receive a £10,000 cash prize and the FutureEverything Trophy, presented during the FutureEverything festival from 12 to 15 May, 2010.