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  1. #11
    patrick joyce
    You can get windows compatible tablets now similar to the ipad which will work with eyegaze. I see no reason at all why you can't play drums with eyegaze. you can set the dwell time to 0 for the drum pads and use looping software for the beat repetiton. This is all easy stuff, or fairly easy, and should be quite possible to work out with some effort.

    Have you heard of a performance artist called beardy man? Look up 'monkey jazz' on youtube. He makes music live using looping software. I know him, and the guy who makes the films. I will ask him about pc based looping software.

    These loops are not prerecorded. They are all made from scratch, live. Drumming would be the same - live.

    I also have a friend locally with MND, called Alistair, who is a drummer, and may be interested in this...


  2. #12
    patrick joyce
    I spoke to my friend and he says this software is widely available for all operating systems. It is called 'live looping'. I did a brief search, and there is plenty of open source, free live looping software out there. You will need a pc based system. As I understand it, eyegaze set ups fall into 2 categories, they are either an integrated, all in one unit, which runs its own software, or they are a pc bsed system, which is more flexible, but potentially harder to set up. There are now diy systems using webcams, for the skint.

    What is your level of mobility at the moment? Do you have eyegaze already? If so, which one? Are you pc or mac?

    You can throw away that ipad. They are just not designed for people without fingers.

  3. #13
    patrick joyce
    Also, you might want to use a headmouse and a clickswitch as an intermediate and potentially permanent solution. Headmice are a fraction of the price of eyegaze, and many people use them right until they croak, never need eyegaze at all.

    I am so glad i got MND now, and not 50 years ago. You've gotta love technology...

  4. #14
    I was wondering, would a normal button setup for the drum kit work ok, what I am thinking is - would there need to be an area in the middle of the screen for the eyes to rest, with the active areas around the edge, otherwise wouldn't you hit the wrong drum whist selecting your choise a lot of the time? That's for setting me straight Patrick, I spend some time looking but completely missed the 'live looping' stuff.

  5. #15
    aha so the answer lies in getting software like that designed, that I cud have on my laptop, with the keyboard hints on I was able to get multi snds. If I cud program the has onto a loop system cud then lay the beats by eye. Which was the idea for eye drumming neways as cud never do hats and groove together by eye neways. Will defo look into this ty.

  6. #16
    I have no eyegaze atm, but am in talks with my OT about getting it.I will look into all of this.

  7. #17
    patrick joyce
    You don't need the software designed Martin, it already exists. You need the looping software, and then the eyegaze or headmouse comes with software that allows you to use any computer program without your hands. If you can move your head, then a headmouse is the better option. It is 400 instead of 5000 and if you can move any other part of your body then you can have click switches that take the place of the mouse buttons. you can get the looping software free todday, and try it out.

    Your speech therapist should normally be the person to talk to about the equipment i think?, not the OT.

  8. #18
    My head control is very bad n don't have a speech therapist. Gotta have a evaluation to see what am entitled to to use ma laptop.

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