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The EyeHarp Helps Physically Disabled People Play Music

What do you want to be when you grow up? As a child, we're often told we can be whatever we want to be—even a rockstar. If you have a motor disability like cerebral palsy, however, playing an instrument might seem like an impossible feat. That is, until now.

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Learn, Create, And Play Music With Your Eyes

The EyeHarp is a digital instrument with a "gaze-controlled music interface" It helps physically disabled people learn and play music by syncing up with an eye-tracker (special camera) or any other device that controls a mouse pointer, like a mouse or a touchpad. Zacharias Vamvakousis's created the EyeHarp as his master and Ph.D. thesis at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.

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So how does it make music? According to a study, the Eyeharp allows users to "control pitch, timing and dynamics of a melody, as well as chords and arpeggios [notes of a chord played in succession] in a performance." The interface has two layers: the step sequence layer, and the melody layer. You create arpeggios in the step sequence layer, then control the chords to play melodies in the melody layer.

The EyeHarp's melody layer

Download, Then Become A Star

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If you're pumped and ready to play some tunes with your eyes, the process is pretty simple. Once you have an eye-tracker or other head tracking device, you may simply download and install the EyeHarp application (for free!) here. Then, play music to your heart's desire—maybe even the Beatles.

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Written by Curiosity Staff February 10, 2017

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