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.