Paralyzed Artist Continues to Create with Help of EEG
The technology lets Tempt, a graffiti artist with ALS, keep on with his life's work
Many Americans only learned about ALS this summer due to the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge. However, this neuromuscular degenerative disorder (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has been afflicting people for years. In 2009, the Not Impossible Lab partnered with the Graffiti Research Lab, Free Art+ Technology, Open Frameworks, and The Ebeling Group to create the EyeWriter for Tempt, a graffiti artist whose ALS robbed him of his body, voice, and art. The EyeWriter used low-cost eye-tracking glasses and open-source software to allow Tempt to control a virtual paint brush with his eyes. Tempt could blink to turn it on, move his eyes to draw, and blink again to turn it off. This invention allowed him to draw for the first time in five years.