We've been following the development of Tobii's impressive eye-tracking technology
for several years now, but it looks like consumers may actually get a chance to try it out for themselves in the not too distant future. Thanks to a partnership with SteelSeries
, an eye tracker specifically for gamers is set to hit the market later this year, but that still leaves the question of what the technology can actually bring to video games. Fortunately, we were able to catch up with Tobii CEO Henrik Eskilsson on the CES show floor and try it out for ourselves.
Choosing your own pizza toppings from a number of options might seem like a daunting task, but perhaps it isn't as hard as you think ... perhaps your subconscious already knows what you want
. That's the thinking behind the new eye-tracking Subconscious Menu, which is being introduced at UK Pizza Huts.
Having already modified an Asteroids arcade console
to add eye control capabilities, Swedish company Tobii is looking to bring its eye-tracking technology to a wider gaming audience. It has teamed up with Danish gaming peripheral and accessories manufacturer SteelSeries to create a new controller that is able to detect where on a screen a person is looking.
Swedish company Tobii Technology has been working to bring laptops integrating its eye tracking and gaze interaction technology to market for a few years now, first demonstrating such a device at CeBIT in 2011
. The most recent example is a new prototype laptop that combines Tobii’s eye-tracking technology and a Synaptics ForcePad touchpad in an Ultrabook form factor.
Over the past decade, Sweden’s Tobii
has been working on adding eye-tracking technology to a mix of user inputs that includes keyboards, mice and touchpads and screens. After demonstrating its GAZE UI for Windows 8
at last year’s CES, the company is set to showcase its first eye-tracking consumer peripheral device which brings the GAZE functionality to any Windows 8 PC at CES 2013. By tracking their eye movements, the Tobii REX allows Windows 8 users to scroll, zoom, navigate and select using their peepers in conjunction with a mouse or touchpad.
While IFA 2012
may be thought of primarily as a venue for electronics manufacturers to unveil their latest products, it’s also a chance for them to showcase technologies that they’re still developing
. An example of the latter is the prototype eye-controlled TV, created by Chinese electronics firm Haier. We had a chance to try it for ourselves, on the trade show floor in Berlin.
Eye control innovator Tobii introduced and demonstrated its latest eye control technology at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Gaze interface for Windows 8 is said to take advantage of the operating system's large tile layout to offer users a superior interaction experience, that neither touch nor mouse alone can provide.
Could you one day control your smartphone by just looking at it? Tech company Senseye thinks so, and is developing the technology to do just that. The technology uses the forward-facing camera on your smartphone to locate your eyes and then estimate where you're looking on the screen. The computer-vision algorithms used are precise enough that your phone will be able to tell even what icon you're looking at, allowing you to open programs, or even control games.
When I was a good bit younger, I wasted far too much of my spare time blowing up wave after wave of space rocks - and the occasional flying saucer - trying to get to the flip-over. Atari's most successful game, Asteroids
, has now been given a futuristic make-over by eye-tracking and eye control specialist Tobii, developers of the impressive laptop prototype
and the stand-alone PCEye
system for Windows PCs. Built as a free-standing arcade game, EyeAsteroids
players use only their eyes to aim and fire a laser at flying rocks and save the world from impending pulverization.
Sweden's eye tracking and control innovator Tobii has announced the release of a stand-alone eye control device called PCEye. Like the laptop-based prototype
system demonstrated at CeBIT last month, the device tracks eye movement and translates it into mouse cursor action onscreen. Positioned in front of a PC monitor and connected via USB, the company says that the technology is compatible with a wide range of software and has been primarily designed to improve computer interactivity for users with impaired motor skills, such as stroke victims.