World’s First Eye-controlled Laptop

March 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

A lot of companies like Microsoft believe that motion control is the future of computing.  However, it is a lot of work to wave your hands around all of the time in order to make decisions on a computer interface.

There is a company out there that has a better idea for the future of computer-human interaction.  Tobii (eye-tracking software producer) and Lenovo (pc company) have paired to create the worlds first eye-controlled laptop.  The laptop was presented at this year’s CeBit tech fair in Hannover, Germany.

Lenovo eye-tracking laptop

Henrik Eskilsson, the CEO of Tobii (the manufacturer of eye-tracking software) trys out a prototype of the laptop.

The computer tracks your gaze and figures out where you’re looking on the screen.  With a stare, you can make a cursor appear, zoom in on pictures or maps, or switch between open windows and browse e-mails and documents. To increase battery life, the computer can auto-dim and brighten the screen when it recognizes your eyes. Also, as demonstrated at CeBit, gamers can glance at it in order to burn up incoming asteroids.

The laptop shines infrared lights into the users eyes in order to track eye movements and hidden cameras then detect the glint in the retinas. The system needs to be adjusted to fit each individual user and works for users that have eyeglasses as well.

Eye tracking software has already been in use for people with disabilities, but it has never been used by a general audience before.  Tobii has already been supplying it’s eye-tracking software to people with special needs for a decade, but they hope to make it small and cheap enough in the near future to broaden their user scope.  Currently, the built in cameras make the lenovo laptop twice as big as an ordinary laptop.  There were also concerns that looking at the screen would accidentally send emails and make things happen that the user didn’t intend to happen.  However Engadget got its eyeballs on the demo Windows 7 laptop and reports that “it works extraordinarily well–Tobii clearly knows what it’s doing, because even with our sloppy calibration at the start of the session, the system still detected where we were looking with pinpoint precision.”

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