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Tobii EyeX Tracking Sensor Uses Your Eyeballs as Controller

By , photos by Alex Davies - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 3 comments

Tobii's booth was packed, but we managed to squeeze in and get a look at the device.

Tobii CES2014

Over the last few years, we've seen motion controlled gaming really take off. What started with the Wii evolved to whole body sensing via Microsoft's Kinect. Now, Tobii is hoping to bring our eyes to the forefront of game control.

  

The company is at CES 2014 with its eye-tracking sensor bar, the Tobii EyeX Controller. The EyeX is currently only available as a dev unit. The consumer model is hitting later this year and will be made in collaboration with SteelSeries. As such, what you see in the images below is not what you'll see in the store. Still, the underlying technology will be the same, so we decided to get a little demo of what the Tobii bar can do.

Tobii had both a World of Warcraft and a Windows demo. We watched as users moved around maps using only the movement of their eyes. The function is activated by holding down a button on the mouse or keyboard, navigating with your eyes, and releasing the button once your eyes have selected the desired program, object or icon.

When the SteelSeries version goes on sale later this year, it'll be the first mass market consumer eye tracking device for gamers. SteelSeries isn't ready to spill the beans on specific details just yet, but hopes to share more over the coming months.

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    jupebobpete , January 13, 2014 6:19 AM
    Would love to have this for work, I would like an alternative to a mouse to use at least part of the time. Carpal tunnel waits in ambush for many of us. I wonder how well it works with eyeglasses, the refraction would seem like it would throw off an eye sensor. In any event, I would be highly amused if Microsoft sells this tech as an add-on to the Kinect.
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    jupebobpete , January 13, 2014 6:20 AM
    Would love to have this for work, I would like an alternative to a mouse to use at least part of the time. Carpal tunnel waits in ambush for many of us. I wonder how well it works with eyeglasses, the refraction would seem like it would throw off an eye sensor. In any event, I would be highly amused if Microsoft sells this tech as an add-on to the Kinect.
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    icemunk , January 13, 2014 10:29 AM
    The lazy man in me wants for this to work great.