Diagnosis in the flicker of an eye

Israel (Haifa)

Instead of using eye tracking to sell us things, as advertisers do, or hijacking our attention for hands-free fun, as game developers do, an Israeli start-up is using data to diagnose. By designing an algorithm that enables low-res cameras to track tiny eye movements, Umoove has created the first ever pure software face and eye tracking for any mobile device.

Initially working in the ‘brain-training’ space with the aim of improving attention span and focus, they have moved on to the early diagnosis of mental and neurological disorders, focusing on eye tracking as a window into our inner functioning. Just a millisecond of micro movement can be indicative of conditions such as concussion, autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Before long a simple download will turn the phone in your pocket into an even smarter advanced medical diagnostic tool, and perhaps even deliver therapies.

Written by

Lisa Goldapple, Editor, Atlas of the Future (28 February 2015)

Project leader

Yitzi Kempinski, CEO

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