EyeHarp, a digital musical instrument through sight

EyeHarp, a digital musical instrument through sight

Pompeu Fabra University

Digital musical instrument for people with physical disabilities which, thanks to eye-tracking and interaction and expressiveness with the instrument, allows to select chords, arpeggios, melody and volume, allowing to produce notes and create melodies with the gaze.

The programme works with an eye-tracker, a special camera that monitors eye movement, and with a software that must be installed on the device. The software download is open source and free of charge, and allows you to learn music from scratch and improve your technique. In addition, it adapts to the level of musical knowledge of each user, and includes a variety of sounds and melodies.

EyeHarp has been specially designed for people diagnosed with cerebral palsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, upper limb amputation or spinal cord injury. It is also suitable for people with intellectual disabilities. In addition, the Eye Harp Association offers training for music therapists and music teachers, as well as music lessons for people with motor disabilities.

The programme aims to improve the quality of life of users, as playing music with EyeHarp provides health benefits: musical training stimulates certain parts of the brain and improves verbal and auditory memory, among others. It also promotes self-esteem, emotional expression and creativity.

EyeHarp has made it possible to create digital and accessible musical instruments by combining computer science and music. In short, it offers an innovative and revolutionary service for music education and music therapy.