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Code with your eyes: Helping people with disabilities thrive in the tech sector

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Author: Rob Ward

Birmingham University is developing a system that allows people with limited mobility to code using eye-tracking technology; selecting specific parts of code just by looking at it, and voice commands to enter the code. This removes the need to use a mouse and keyboard and enables more people, no matter their physical abilities, to gain employment in web development and computer programming. Currently, 46.3% of working-age people with disabilities are in employment compared with 76.4% of working-age people without disabilities.

The technology is being built using an AI grant from Microsoft and the solution will use Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, as well as Cognitive Services such as speech to text.

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