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MSE Students Develop App to Help ALS Patients

MSE students, Abhishek Sharma and Douglas Rew, were recently featured on Pittsbugh’s WTAE local news for an innovative application they developed to assist those living with the neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The application, called iExpress, tracks eye movement and allow those patients with limited mobility the ability to send and respond to text messages as well as call for help using a tablet equipped with the iExpress hardware.

Designed as a part of the Mobile and Pervasive Computing course, the application was developed for ALS patient, Neil Alexander, who founded LiveLikeLou.org – a fund that seeks to “raise awareness of ALS, provide care and comfort to ALS families in Western Pennsylvania, and support scientific research targeted at finding a cure.”

Watch the broadcast on WTAE

Read more at the CMU News site