A desktop-based app that uses eye movement data to assess reading performance.
Okimo is a diagnosis and therapy app that uses an eye tracker for early screens and treatment of children that present abnormalities in eye movement that are affecting reading performance.
Okimo Vision LTD, located in the United Kingdom.
Optometric centers and children from elementary schools
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Direct sales and subscription fees for the software at its website.
As of 2021, 11 schools from India, Philippines and Paraguay obtained the app, and 5 optometric centers from the UK.Interview with manufacturer
The system is based on an Eye Tracking device, which is a sensor that monitors the progress of the eye muscles’ movement while the patient is reading or playing in the app. The biometric data obtained is processed to provide the following parameters related to reading performance: words read/minute, number of stops on each word, number of times the reader goes back, reading speed, reading difficulties and more. A predictive model provides statistical indicators of the improvement of reading ability. The system aims to provide remote eye therapy in low resource settings, since the current number of optometrist cannot cover the demand.
Source: Okimo Vision profile
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The app should be playful and easy to use as it is intended for children. Specifications for the mockups design are unknown.
From a pilot in Barrio San Francisco, Paraguay, the manufacturers found, after a therapy session with Okimo on each child, that 16% of the sample presented visual problems, 55% of the children could’t clearly read words or letters, and that 22% had a slow reading speed.
Okimo ran pilot studies in Paraguay (Benjamín Aceval, Paraguayan Chaco), Philippines (Luke Foundation), and the UK, making 10 minutes tests in primary schools. A coordinator helped the student go through the reading on a laptop, meanwhile a desktop eye-tracker captures biometric data. Data Science Institute from Columbia University tested and analyzed the data obtained with the app.
Okimo app presents no risk for the electronic equipment or the children that use the software. The non-invasive sensor to track the eye movement doesn’t represent a hazard either.
Laptop and eye-tracking sensor
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All eye trackers have been tested and approved by certified labs according to the European standard for optical radiation hazards of different lamps and lamp systems, IEC/EN 62471. Light emission that meets this standard is not harmful to the human eye.Interview with manufacturer
Pilot studies in 3 different countries (Paraguay, Philippines and UK) with more than 500 children, presenting results about the prevalence of visual problems, the children’s reading speed, and difficulties to read words or letters.Interview with manufacturer
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