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Eye-Com, Siemens unit strike deal

NNBW staff

Eye-Com Corp. of Reno has struck a deal with a unit of Siemens AG to develop devices that use Eye-Com’s eye-tracking technology to create assistive communications devices for patients who have lost voluntary use of their muscles.

The eye-tracking technology, for instance, allows patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease to convert eye movements into typing.

The Siemens Technology-to-Business Center will work with Eye-Com to develop an assistive-communications product known as “Hawkeye” and to develop other uses for the Eye-Com technology in Siemens products.

Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

A multi-national firm headquartered in Germany, Siemens’ products cover a wide swath ranging from home automation to industrial controls.

Its Technology-to-Business Center works to convert innovative technologies into new Siemens product lines or startup businesses.

Eye-Con Corp. holds nine patents related to eye-tracking and head-tracking technologies and has 16 patent applications that are pending.