Arai of Saga, Japan has developed a system whereby PC
users can input text simply by looking at an on-screen
the user gazes at a character for one second, the
system, which uses a miniature camera, detects their
line of sight and types in the appropriate character.
The system, called Mitsumeru Dake in Japanese, means “Just Look”!
miniature camera, attached to the computer notes the
positions of three points for each eye: the inner
corner of the eye, the inner extremity of the eyebrow,
and the center of the pupil. By following the line of
sight, it recognizes the exact location on the screen
at which the user is looking.
Arai says his system provides a very accurate method
of inputting text. Even people wearing glasses can use
Arai was prompted to develop his system by the
arrival, five years ago, of a student at the
university who had cerebral palsy. The university had
revamped the toilet facilities and installed ramps
throughout the campus, but the student's mother had to
operate her son’s computer.
thought then that I needed to do something to help
such people,” says Professor Arai.
Professor Arai’s invention, bedridden people or
those with impaired use of their hands can easily use
the system to communicate their needs, even in
hospitals, e.g. to ask for a nurse, or to indicate
that they are thirsty.*
Verwey provides the following insight: “Spiritually,
we need MORE help than disabled people, so let’s
constantly fix our gaze on God.”
“I lift up my eyes to You,
to You whose throne is in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us His mercy.”
WE are HELPLESS and LOST in our sins! (Ephesians
because of His GREAT love for us, God, who is rich in
mercy,” can “make us ALIVE with Christ even when
we were DEAD in transgressions” through His saving
grace that is accessed through our obedient faith (see
Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins
His redeeming blood will wash away our sins when we
“look to Him” by
placing our faith
and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turning from sin in repentance
(Acts 17:30-31), confessing
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized
(immersed) in His name for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
Lord has promised that if WE WILL “just look” to
Him in trusting obedience, then HE WILL extend His
mercy and grace to us!
YOU “just look” to Him with an active, obedient
A. Sargent, Minister
of Christ at Creekwood
Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
Source: Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2007-03-19
as quoted by Neil Verwey of Japan Mission
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