What is Optikey?

Optikey is a free suite of Windows applications that allow you to communicate and use your computer using only your eyes. The Optikey app family offers communication apps, mouse control and full typing and computer control.

Optikey was written to challenge the outrageously expensive, unreliable and difficult to use AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) products on the market. It is, therefore, fully open-source and free. Forever.

Communication

Optikey Symbol allows someone to communicate using symbols instead of typing words. It uses symbols from the CommuniKate project, which is a socially focused page set designed exclusively for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Using an eye-tracker, a user can select symbols, build sentences and have the computer speak their prepared response. For more information see Optikey Symbol.

Screenshot of the Optikey Symbol app

Optikey Chat is for literate users, who can type using either a full QWERTY keyboard layout (or equivalent keyboard layout in another language), or a simplified version with fewer keys if their eye gaze accuracy requires it*. The app provides predictive text functionality and will read out your responses. For more information see Optikey Chat.

*Simplified keyboards are not currently available in all languages

Screenshot of the Optikey Chat app

Mouse control

Optikey Mouse allows you to control a mouse cursor using eye gaze, including clicking, scrolling, dragging and zooming functionality. It provides a simple interface on your computer screen from which you can select the mouse operations you wish to perform. For more information see Optikey Mouse.

Screenshot of the Optikey Mouse app

OptiKey Pro

OptiKey Pro is the most advanced app in the Optikey family. It provides full computer control, including mouse control, typing, speaking and lots of additional functionality. When typing Optikey Pro provides predictive text functionality and support for multiple languages. Optikey Pro can also be extended using plugins or dynamic keyboards (user defined keyboards). For more information see Optikey Pro.

Screenshot of the Optikey Pro app

Feedback

I just wanted you to know that today my husband David spoke using Optikey for the first time! I am so very grateful. This is transformation software. You have already changed our lives for the better.

Optikey is so incredible - my wife enjoys using it immensely. She can't use her hands and Optikey lets her use her PC again after 4 years because her hands are in too much pain.

We had originally looked at another option that was nearly £9,000. We started crowdfunding, but we are nowhere near that. With your software things seem possible again!

I (an occupational therapist) set this up for a client for trial on a Surface Pro and EyeGaze and had it working beautifully. Optikey is brilliant.

My dad appreciated Optikey immensely, as it gave him his voice back.

Since my family supplied me with Optikey I stopped feeling helpless. I can express my needs, share my feelings, and speak with others. Communication is most important. I am very grateful for Optikey.

I am a transverse myelitis patient. Thank you for changing my life.

Optikey is essential for my dad. I'm sure you've helped lots of people immensely.

Eye tracking tech needs to be available for all people who go through something like ALS/MND. Having a voice is so important. Thank you thank you thank you.

My father is using Optikey to comunicate - thank you very much for this software. You have given hope and a voice to my father I will always be grateful to you.

I would like to say this is a wonderful thing you are doing for people in need. You have our greatest respect for what you are doing to make such a profound difference in peoples lives.

I'm so thankful this software exists. We have tried this on our PC for my mom and for the first time in a long time she's been able to communicate exactly what she intended to, as oppose to us reading her lips and guessing.

My sincerest thanks to you for this program. This will help my best friend be able to communicate in a way that people can understand. He suffered severe brain damage and has not been able to speak clearly for many years. You are a blessing.

We are using Optikey here in Izmir, Turkey. We are so happy. Optikey is wonderful, thank you so much!

Just wanted to say that Optikey has reached all the way to the Philippines. My friend’s dad has ALS and hasn’t been able to communicate for almost 10 years now. You’re an inspiration, man.

Ahora que llevo 2 meses usando Optikey, puedo decir que uso el portátil tan rápido como antes de padecer ela, mis hijos y mi esposa alucinan. (Now that I have been using Optikey for 2 months, I can say that I use the laptop as fast as before - my children and my wife hallucinate!)

I want to thank you for the incredible gift that you have gaven to ALS patients. My father has this disease and at the moment he is losing his voice. Thank you so much, you have given us the chance to hear and help my daddy.

I trialled Optikey last night and was blown away that I was writing words with my eyes in less than two minutes. The fact this is being made available free will be a game changer for anyone with a condition that causes paralysis.

My family friends' daughter in Serbia is unable to communicate due to her speech impairment. We set up a tablet with Optikey to allow her to speak using symbols. It works perfectly! The amount of gratitude for what you’ve been building and for making it so widely available is huge. Thanks so much.

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