Marcos Muñiz García is 46 years old and lives in a small village called Mieres in the heart of Spain’s coal mining country. He suffers from Cerebral Palsy and in the past struggled to use any mobile devices. Now he is able to do so thanks to the EVA Facial Mouse created by the Vodafone Spain Foundation and CREA Software System.
EVA Facial Mouse is a free app which allows the user to control an Android device by tracking the movements of their head (you can download it here).
It provides an alternative method for accessing a mobile device for those, like Marcos, who cannot use a touchscreen. Marcos has severe speech impairments, so he mainly uses EVA to communicate. He is not alone though in finding the app useful. It has already had over 1.7 million downloads and rated 4.4 out of 5 on the Google Play store with more than 11,000 evaluations.
EVA Facial Mouse has also found a surprise secondary audience in India where many people used it to control their smartphones while applying henna tattoos to their hands!
Back in Spain, Marcos is looking forward to further development of the app which will enable him to play some games in the Google Play store for the first time.