Kip Jackson and his wife Robin find that laughter heals like nothing else.
“We try to keep it light,” Robin said. Kip, 46, has been living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for seven years. The formal diagnosis came in 2012 while he was still working as a data engineer at a telecommunications company. Kip now uses a wheelchair, a ventilator, trach and feeding tube. He can no longer speak or use his hands. His facial expressions are declining.
While shopping for the technology, Kip took his time. “The I-15 has the best specs out there. I liked the professional design.” Its Communicator pageset, he said, is super adaptable to his speaking and writing needs. He enlarged frequently used buttons like the space bar on its onscreen keyboard to improve accuracy while his eyes do the typing.
"Kip and the device are one."
Kip has produced some funky music videos using the PCEye Go with a digital music workstation and the I-15 for narration. Check out this one.
The same feel-good effect resonates on Kip’s Facebook page, through which he promotes ALS awareness activities and spreads encouraging thoughts like this:
“Chances are that this disease will take my smile. If that does happen, know that on the inside I am full of life - always will be.”
The current generation of PCEye products consists of the Tobii Dynavox PCEye eye tracker.