Kandi Technologies has launched a pair of new wearable tech that it claims can help people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s and other neurological disorders.
The company has created a device that allows users to control light-emitting diodes (LEDs) using their eyes.
The device can be used to change the brightness of a room or a scene, and can be worn on a wearer’s face to control lighting.
The devices are available to buy in a range of colours and can control the brightness level of various lighting.
Kandi says the devices are currently only available in the UK, but that it plans to release them globally in the coming months.
The firm says the technology can also be used in conjunction with its augmented reality (AR) applications.
This includes the ability to see virtual scenes through the use of a pair and a number of sensors that track the position and movement of the eyes, which can then be used with the user’s hands to activate the AR application.
The system also allows the user to control an area of a scene using the light-detecting LEDs.
A number of smart home devices have been launched recently, including Nest, Homejoy and L’Oréal.
The range of products will continue to expand as companies invest in AR and other smart home technologies, including the latest smart thermostat from Amazon.
It is unclear how long the devices will be available.
KNDI co-founder and CEO Ravi Pratap said the company was targeting a release in the “near future”.
“We are targeting to release this in the next two to three months, but we have some issues to address,” he told TechRadar.
“We are looking at it as a full-time position and not just an employee.”
Mr Pratab said he had started to develop the device last year, and had worked on the product since then.
He added: “I think it is the first time anyone has done this for people who have ALS.
We are aiming for it to be able to do this for all people with ALS.”
Mr Bhalla said the device had been in the works for about three years.
“This is an important step forward for us, because it is a product that has been around for years and has been used by a lot of people with different kinds of conditions,” he said.
“It is going to be really useful for people with all sorts of different conditions.”
The company was founded in 2007 by Mr Pradap and Mr Bhalla, who were part of a team at Apple that had developed a smart thermoregulator called Nest that was later acquired by Google in 2012.
It was also part of the team that created a range with the US-based Homejoy, which is also owned by Apple.
“In the last year or so we have been focusing on developing the AR app, and the light sensor has been the main part of that,” Mr Prathab said.
The technology is designed to “give people the ability, in their environment, to change light levels to suit their mood, to help them cope better, and to reduce the stress of the day,” he added.
The new devices will help people living with ALS “learn how to live with more light and reduce their stress,” Mr Bhalli said.
He said he hoped the devices would be “a great addition to the wearable market”.
Mr Praratab added: “[The technology] is not just about providing light.
It can also provide the user with a visual environment that they can interact with.”
Mr Pramod Kumar, CEO of Kandi, said the new technology was “the best in the world”.
He added that it would “make people’s lives easier” in terms of helping them cope with their illness.
Mr Kumar said the devices were still “early days” but the technology had “shown to be very robust and very useful”.
The company said the technology would be available to developers by the end of this year.
“With the rapid progress of the AR industry, we can see this technology going from strength to strength,” Mr Kumar told Techradar.
The products will cost between $399 (£298) and $599 (£529) depending on the colour.