If looks could kill? Or rather, now looks can kill, at least in video games.
Technology is being developed to allow people with severe motor disabilities to play 3D computer games like World of Warcraft using only their eyes.
Since the 1990s, gaze technology has helped people with conditions such as motor neurone disease (MND), cerebral palsy and other "locked-in syndromes" to control 2D desktop environments and communicate using visual keyboards.
Users typically guide a cursor with their eyes, staring at objects for a time to emulate a mouse click. But that is too laborious to let users to match the speed and accuracy of real-time 3D games, says lead researcher on the project, Stephen Vickers, of De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
His team is developing the software as part of the EU-funded project Communication by Gaze Interaction (COGAIN).
Very interesting. The research, of course, could eventually make its way into interfaces for the non-disabled as well. It would be a huge boost to the self-esteem of disabled users, as described in the article, however