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13 Mar 2019

Playing Candy Crush with your eyes

Here’s our therapist Liz using her eyes to blast sweets in @CandyCrushSaga. She’s testing an eye-control setup for an avid gamer whose serious spinal injury initially meant he couldn’t move his legs and arms.

“He picked up eye control really quickly,” said Liz. “He enjoyed changing the channel on his TV in hospital, but asked if he could watch videos or play games like Candy Crush.”

“It was a surprise - he used to be an avid core gamer, playing titles like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, but he clearly just wanted something relaxing and entertaining to do while stuck in a hospital bed.”

“We added an option through the Grid 3 software he was using so he could open Candy Crush from the desktop with his eyes, and then gave him an on-screen menu to control clicks within the game.”

The eye control side of our work is mainly covered by our StarGaze Project. Patient confidentiality means you don’t hear as much about it as our dedicated video games support, but the impact can be just as life-transforming. As with all our help, it’s a service provided without charge.

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