• Man Paralyzed for 7 years Is the First Person To Tweet With His Eyes
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[img]http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17prtk2jsyrlnjpg/original.jpg[/img] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_lgvBgfnzM&feature=player_embedded[/media] [quote] A man with locked-in syndrome has joined Twitter and sent his first tweet – "Hello world". Tony Nicklinson, who seven years ago had a major stroke that left his body completely paralysed, used special eye movement technology to access the social networking site. He is also approaching the high court to allow him to lawfully end his life. Under the username @TonyNicklinson, he wrote: "Hello world. I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet." After less than 24 hours, his account had almost 2,500 followers. Nicklinson, 57, can only communicate by using a computer that follows his eye movements. Software converts his eye movement into the letters of the alphabet and in turn into words and speech. Channel 4's Dispatches captured the moment on film ahead of a programme about Nicklinson's life to be broadcast on Monday 18 June at 8pm. The same day Nicklinson and his family, who live in Melksham, Wiltshire, will go to the high court to argue that a doctor should be allowed lawfully to end his life. Nicklinson sums up his life as "dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable". Nicklinson suffered a stroke in 2005 while on a business trip to Athens. He is asking the court to grant declarations that a doctor could intervene to end his "indignity", with his consent and with him making the decision with full mental capacity, and have a "common law defence of necessity" against any murder charge. Nicklinson has two grown-up daughters and had an active life before the stroke.[/quote] [url]http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jun/14/tonly-nicklinson-tweet-lockedin-syndrome?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter[/url]
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
[quote]He is also approaching the high court to allow him to lawfully end his life.[/quote] [img]http://i.somethingawful.com/forumsystem/emoticons/emot-smith.gif[/img] He shouldn't give up hope
Welp. There goes my happiness.
[QUOTE=HazeFyer23;36355663][img]http://i.somethingawful.com/forumsystem/emoticons/emot-smith.gif[/img] He shouldn't give up hope[/QUOTE] Except that the damage from major strokes is practically irreversible?
That tweet is inspirational. That is all I have to say.
[QUOTE=HazeFyer23;36355663][img]http://i.somethingawful.com/forumsystem/emoticons/emot-smith.gif[/img] He shouldn't give up hope[/QUOTE]What else is there for him to do? His mind is trapped in a body that's completely useless to him, only allowing him to live, but nothing else, sounds like torture
[QUOTE=HazeFyer23;36355663][img]http://i.somethingawful.com/forumsystem/emoticons/emot-smith.gif[/img] He shouldn't give up hope[/QUOTE] Locked in syndrome is probably one of the worst things that you can be stuck with. You are literally left with a pair of eyes for the rest of your life and you dont even have the choice of suicide to escape it.
thank god i can still use the internet if my hands get blown off
Isn't that how Stephen Hawking "speaks"? With his eyes.
[QUOTE=PvtCupcakes;36356118]Isn't that how Stephen Hawking "speaks"? With his eyes.[/QUOTE] As far as I know, he uses a very basic keypad with his hands. He has extremely poor motor control, he isn't 100% paralyzed. His computer interprets his hand input for him so he can speak more quickly, although it is still slow. Correct if wrong.
I had a friend that tweeted "fcuk" or something with his bare eyes on his iphone after a night in the bar, so this guy is sadly only the second
[QUOTE=The golden;36356136]As far as I know, he uses a very basic keypad with his hands. He has extremely poor motor control, he isn't 100% paralyzed. His computer interprets his hand input for him so he can speak more quickly, although it is still slow. Correct if wrong.[/QUOTE] That's how it used to be, but it's gotten really bad over the years to the point where his hands no longer do it. Instead, he uses his eyes and small movements in his cheek to speak. In fact, it takes him about a minute to write a word.
[QUOTE=The golden;36356136]As far as I know, he uses a very basic keypad with his hands. He has extremely poor motor control, he isn't 100% paralyzed. His computer interprets his hand input for him so he can speak more quickly, although it is still slow. Correct if wrong.[/QUOTE] Just Googled a bit, and found this. [quote] According to his friends and family Hawkings can communicate at a word per minute, as of today. Back in 1985, he was able to carry out four words per minute using Equalizer software and the help of his hand. After losing his hand moving abilities, an infrared sensor was put in place to interpret the location of his cheek muscle. Today, his ability to use his check muscles is waning and researchers at Intel are working to develop a system which would allow him to communicate without moving cheek muscles. Options being explored include communication through eye tracking, expression detection, and even brain waves. [/quote] [editline]16th June 2012[/editline] ninja'd
[QUOTE=The golden;36356136]As far as I know, he uses a very basic keypad with his hands. He has extremely poor motor control, he isn't 100% paralyzed. His computer interprets his hand input for him so he can speak more quickly, although it is still slow. Correct if wrong.[/QUOTE] That's how he used to do it. His ALS has progressed even further and now he is limited to inputting words by twitching a cheek muscle. double ninja'd
[QUOTE=Killer900;36356026]What else is there for him to do? His mind is trapped in a body that's completely useless to him, only allowing him to live, but nothing else, sounds like torture[/QUOTE] You guys have great points and all, but reading that tweet depresses me, knowing he's going to end his life soon (should the law grant him permission). I guess it's for the best
[QUOTE=HazeFyer23;36355663][img]http://i.somethingawful.com/forumsystem/emoticons/emot-smith.gif[/img] He shouldn't give up hope[/QUOTE] Hope that one day they'll be able to repair a brains nerves, or whatever ungodly complicated issues a stroke brings about? There is no hope for that kind of stuff. [editline]16th June 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Lord Pirate;36356283]That's how he used to do it. His ALS has progressed even further and now he is limited to inputting words by twitching a cheek muscle. double ninja'd[/QUOTE] herp he should have hope even though his condition is deteriorating greatly!
The fact he's not allowed to die due to Euthanasia being banned is fucking ridiculous.
[QUOTE=BuffaloBill;36356512]The fact he's not allowed to die due to Euthanasia being banned is fucking ridiculous.[/QUOTE] Who knows, maybe now that he can communicate with the world, he will find a new point to his life.
It's ironic that he has so many followers because he can't move.
[QUOTE=cecilbdemodded;36356852]It's ironic that he has so many followers because he can't move.[/QUOTE] So? What's the big deal? He's inspiring, don't be an asshole.
Read his twitter, he seems like a really nice guy, and even in his situation he still finds the time to crack little jokes
Woah it was really shocking to realize it was [I]him[/I] doing the narration
[QUOTE=mopman999;36356915]Read his twitter dude, he seems like a really nice guy, and even in his situation he still finds the time to crack little jokes[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=The First 11'er;36356903]So? What's the big deal? He's inspiring, don't be an asshole.[/QUOTE] I think you both missed the joke here.
[QUOTE=James xX;36356952]I think you both missed the joke here.[/QUOTE] Oh fuck I get it sorry :v: fixed
[QUOTE=Géza!;36356555]Who knows, maybe now that he can communicate with the world, he will find a new point to his life.[/QUOTE]I don't know about you, but my first tweet after being unabled to communicate or move would be "KILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKI", or somewhere along that line. Hell, this may just end up as more fustration considering he can only do one word a minute.
[QUOTE=ExplodingGuy;36356986]I don't know about you, but my first tweet after being unabled to communicate or move would be "KILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKILLMEKI", or somewhere along that line. Hell, this may just end up as more fustration considering he can only do one word a minute.[/QUOTE] It's better than no words a minute
Wow, I come from Wiltshire. I used to go through Melksham every day on the way to college. Poor guy, I can only imagine what it's like to be in that situation.
first "Hello World" after 57 years?! Wow that is slow. If you aren't programmer, you wont get it.
[QUOTE=Cushie;36356031]Locked in syndrome is probably one of the worst things that you can be stuck with. You are literally left with a pair of eyes for the rest of your life and you dont even have the choice of suicide to escape it.[/QUOTE] The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a fantastic movie on this subject.
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