Intel has just announced its MotionInput software, in an effort to improve digital accessibility. This software has been developed in collaboration with Microsoft and IBM by students at the University of London’s Computer Sciences Department.
UCl MotionInput, allows people to control their computer hands-free when used with a webcam. The computer is controlled by gestures from the user’s eyes, head, hands, full body or speech. This software was initially born out of the covid-19 pandemic, as high-risk settings such as hospitals were searching for avenues to reduce physical contact and transfer of germs. The potential of this software has since been realised and it has been further developed to meet the needs of people with mobility issues.
Intel’s director, Darryl Adams, said in an interview earlier this year, “the company is committed to playing its part in ensuring equitable digital access for the disability community. Leveraging its massive scale, Intel believes inclusive technology is something [we] can put out into the world to make it a better place”. Mr Adams is incredibly invested in this goal as he himself is visually impaired.