Just Look!


Professor Arai of Saga, Japan has developed a system whereby PC users can input text simply by looking at an on-screen keyboard.

When the user gazes at a character for one second, the system, which uses a miniature camera, detects their line of sight and types in the appropriate character. The system, called Mitsumeru Dake in Japanese, means “Just Look”!

A miniature camera, attached to the computer notes the positions of three points for each eye: the inner corner of the eye, the inner extremity of the eyebrow, and the center of the pupil. By following the line of sight, it recognizes the exact location on the screen at which the user is looking.

Professor Arai says his system provides a very accurate method of inputting text. Even people wearing glasses can use the system.

Professor Arai was prompted to develop his system by the arrival, five years ago, of a student at the university who had cerebral palsy. The university had revamped the toilet facilities and installed ramps throughout the campus, but the student's mother had to operate her son’s computer.

“I thought then that I needed to do something to help such people,” says Professor Arai.

Since Professor Arai’s invention, bedridden people or those with impaired use of their hands can easily use the system to communicate their needs, even in hospitals, e.g. to ask for a nurse, or to indicate that they are thirsty.*

Neil Verwey provides the following insight: “Spiritually, we need MORE help than disabled people, so let’s constantly fix our gaze on God.”

“I lift up my eyes to You,
to You whose throne is in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us His mercy.”
(Psalm 123:1-2).

Spiritually, WE are HELPLESS and LOST in our sins! (Ephesians 2:1-3)

“But because of His GREAT love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,” can “make us ALIVE with Christ even when we were DEAD in transgressions” through His saving grace that is accessed through our obedient faith (see Ephesians 2:4-9).

Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins (Ephesians 1:7).

His redeeming blood will wash away our sins when we “look to Him” by placing our faith and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turning from sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized (immersed) in His name for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

The Lord has promised that if WE WILL “just look” to Him in trusting obedience, then HE WILL extend His mercy and grace to us!

Won’t YOU “just look” to Him with an active, obedient faith?

David A. Sargent creekwood@comcast.net

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