TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Jamshid Ghajar, a neurosurgeon and director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center has teamed up with the California-based company SyncThink to develop a technology to precisely diagnose concussions. This eye tracking technology which is developed based on clinical research is intended to transform concussion diagnoses from guesswork into an objective test.
The EYE-SYNC technology is a VR headset platform that tracks eye movements and reports signs of impairment within 60 seconds. This device was approved by FDA last years and is now being rolled out to hospital and schools of American football, a kind of sport whose players are faced with a risk of concussion.
Attention problems due to brain’s disorientation in time and space is among concussion’s symptoms. In 2003, Ghajar began his studies on how to measure disorientation through the eyes and founded SyncThank in 2009.
EYE-SYNC is made up of a wireless VR goggle platform with built-in eye trackers. On the screen, the wearer sees a small red dot moving in a circle. A healthy person easily tracks the dot by predicting its movement. In case of a brain injury, however, the user’s eyes often cannot accurately predict or follow the moving dot, leading to erratic eye movements.
The VR headset tracks and records eye movement data which then goes through algorithmic processes. After a minute, the software produces a report indicating any impairment in eye movement.