Eye-tracking device aids ALS DJ's performance

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Published on March 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:23s

Eye-tracking device aids ALS DJ's performance

A Japanese DJ with ALS looks to perform at the opening ceremony for Tokyo's Olympics using smart glasses.

Lauren Anthony reports.

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Eye-tracking device aids ALS DJ's performance

Bright lights and a heavy base often go hand in hand at music festivals.

But this isn't just any show.

This is Tokyo DJ Masatane Muto's performance.

He uses unique glasses that track his eye movements to mix songs live for his audience - under the stage name EYE VDJ.

Muto is wheelchair bound.

He was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis disease - or ALS - five years ago - the neurological condition that impairs muscle movement, such as walking and talking.

But he decided not to let the the illness affect his creativity.

And although he is physically disabled, he can produce his shows entirely with his glasses, through an app connected to music-mixing software.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) DJ AND FOUNDER OF "WITH ALS", MASATANE MUTO, SAYING: "ALS has been thought to be an incurable disease, but I believe hope is now growing for ALS patients to pursue their lifestyle and quality of life with the help of technology." The three-point sensor on the nose pads detects electrical signals in the skin, like blinking or eye movement.

With this new software Muto hopes to perform at the opening ceremony for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Tokyo 2020.

Muto has also founded a group called WITH ALS to raise social awareness of the disease.

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