The EyeWriter has won the first FutureEverything Award.
The EyeWriter has been chosen as the winner of the inaugural FutureEverything Award following an online vote by a world-wide community of FutureEverything artists and participants from the past 15 years.
The EyeWriter is a pair of low-cost eye-tracking glasses that allow artists and graffiti writers with paralysis to draw using only their eyes. Inspired by Tony Quan, a graffiti writer, social activist and publisher who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (AML) in 2003, The EyeWriter is the result of a collaboration with five other artists and a production company. It is an ongoing project to empower people suffering from degenerative neuromuscular diseases with creative technologies.
Tony Quan comments: “Art is a tool of empowerment and social change, and I consider myself blessed to be able to create and use my work to promote health reform, bring awareness about ALS and help others.”
The EyeWriter beat two other shortlisted projects: Open_Sailing, an international community trying to develop the International_Ocean_Station as an open-source project, developing hardware and software to enable intelligent human activities at sea; and Amphibious Architecture, a visual interface floating on the water’s surface, creating a looking glass into the aquatic ecosystem.
Drew Hemment, Director of FutureEverything comments: “We were delighted with the high calibre and diversity of submissions for the debut FutureEverything Award, which was launched to celebrate outstanding innovation in art, society and technology. This yearís winner demonstrates extraordinary creativity, imagination and ingenuity.”
The winning candidate will receive a £10,000 cash prize and the FutureEverything Trophy, presented at the Awards Ceremony, a Gala event staged during the FutureEverything festival from 12 to 15 May.
EyeWriter website http://www.eyewriter.org
Here is a link to an article in ‘The Independent’ about the project.