Get Ready to Control Laptops with Your Eyeballs

It's said the eyes are the windows to your soul, but as it turns out, they're also integrated input devices. Or at least that's the idea behind Tobii's eye-controlled laptop concept. Using eye tracking technology from Tobii, the company went and built a fully functional prototype laptop that lets users manipulate images and other functions just by glaring. Freaky stuff, and freakishly cool.

"More than anything else, the Tobii laptop prototype is proof that our eye tracking technology is mature enough to be used in standard computer interfaces. To reach a state where the technology is part of the average computer, we need to make it smaller and cheaper. We believe that this can be realized in a couple of years by partnering with the right manufacturer," comments Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii Technology.

Tobii CEO Henrik Eskilsson uses the eye gaze to control the computer

Tobii has already partnered with Lenovo and sent the OEM half of its first batch of 20 units, while keeping the other 10 for itself. As Tobii explains it, users can zoom pictures or maps and automatically center on the area they're looking at. This in addition to more common tasks, like switching windows and browsing emails and documents.

"We anticipate that people will be extremely excited to be able to control their computer with their eyes," said Barbara Barclay, general manager of Tobii North America. "But what we find most exciting are the opportunities that eye control as part of natural user interfaces offer consumer electronics manufacturers in a range of product categories. We look forward to working with our partners to find many exciting ways to share and integrate this technology to advance their work."

Suddenly, the Kinect seems kind of lame by comparison.
Via:  Tobii
rapid1 3 years ago

I just finished reading an article on this, and it sounds absolutely awesome really. The only thing I am wondering about is laser tracking, and eyeballs interacting. I am sure it is not direct contact though. The laptops will be premiering at Cebit in a very short while (May I think, although I need to check my Cebit emails to make sure of that month).

coolice 3 years ago

the description picture for the article freaked me out big time hahaha

JHook 3 years ago

A friend of mine runs an assistive learning company, who aim to develop software using devices similar to this to help people use a computer who may have a severe disability, who may be unable to use a regular keyboard and mouse. I recently got the opportunity to test a program that uses this technology, and I found it to be very responsive and quite fun to use!

Christopher Wetmore 3 years ago

Minority Report, here we come.

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