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ntAt CeBIT, Tobii Technologies and Lenovo showed off for the first time a laptop that is controlled by the eye. The demonstration model is fully functional and lets the user’s eyes take over for the mouse and keyboard. In this model, eyes can point, select and scroll.
ntRight now there are only 20 working models – split between Tobii and Lenovo. Tobii CEO Henrik Eskilsson (above) states the problem right now – they need to make the technology smaller and cheaper for everyday use.
ntWhat are they looking at? Tobii is also showing off at CeBit a pair of mobile eye-tracker glasses that allows researchers to see what people are watching. They’re suggested for product placement in stores, advertising, studying group dynamics, sports research, driving research, training and evaluation, and security.
ntThe eye-tracking glasses come with a kit that includes a recording device, IR markers for sight mapping and analysis software.
ntTobii is also showing off the TX300 Eye Tracker which studies eye movement while allowing for head movements. This instrument can be used for neuroscience, opthamology, and reading. It can track fixations, pupil size changes and blinks.
ntSide view of the TX-300.
ntThe Tobii C15 is for users who are not ambulatory or who use a wheelchair. It allows people to communicate via text or symbols that indicate speech.
ntEye tracking can be used to measure acuity of toddlers, to rehabilitate patients, to communicate with a non-verbal person, and to be used as a lie detector.
ntHead movement also must be taken into consideration. A person can tracked while their head is within the movement box.
ntThe Tobii IS-1 eye tracker is an embedded eye tracking system which can be used by industry.