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The Company

We are a Canadian company whose corporate mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities by being the number one manufacturer of portable, eye tracking communication aids. To ensure ongoing customer satisfaction, we make customers our number one priority in both product design and technical support.

The company was founded by Jan Heynen, a physicist, and David Kahn, an opto-electronics expert, whose combined expertise and innovative invention started what you see as the VisionKey Series today. The initial product genesis was an eye-controlled printer. Jan and Dave were engineers working for Bell Northern Research (BNR), the R&D division of Nortel, one of the world's largest telecommunication manufacturer, in Ottawa, Canada. As part of a volunteer group of high technology scientists and engineers, Jan and Dave were requested to develop an eye-controlled printer for a young girl with Cerebral Palsy. The young client was at the Children's Treatment Center, a part of the local Children's Hospital. Due to the response to the initial system and the realization that the eye tracking technology could be used for greater communication application purposes, Jan and Dave started on the VisionKey journey.

In 1990 Jan and Dave incorporated the company to design, develop, manufacture and market the VisionKey technology. Since that time, the company has grown the original product to a series of five products which have benefited a spectrum of clients with disabilities including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Locked-in-Syndrome (LIS), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Muscular Dystrophy (MD), Rett Syndrome and high-level quadriplegia. With sales in 23 countries and growing, our EyeCan team has also grown, and we look forward to the opportunities and new applications our next generation VisionKey product line will offer our customers.