Tobii Tech introduced a new generation of eye tracking hardware available for OEMs making consumer devices such as computers, tablets, VR headsets and infotainment systems for cars.
Tobii Tech said the new IS4 eye tracking module powered by the EyeChip is the most compact and cost-optimized eye tracking platform available. IS4 is the company's sixth generation eye-tracking platform, but it is the first to meet the requirements necessary for integration into consumer products, such as low power consumption and the ability to be placed in a variety of different devices and configurations.
The IS4 module uses near infrared sensors and illuminators as well as Tobii EyeCore algorithms and the company's proprietary middleware engine. It offers multiple functions, including facial identification, head tracking and facial feature tracking. Tobii Tech offers a software development kit to create software that works with the IS4 module.
We already know that Tobii is working with MSI on integrating eye-tracking into its gaming laptops. Starbreeze is using it for the StarVR VR HMD it's developing, but Tobii Tech is looking for more OEMs to adopt the technology.
Tobii Tech is currently accepting registrations for the Tobii Early Access Program from qualified system integrators and OEMs. OEMs approved to participate in the program will receive a Tobii IS4 eye tracking evaluation kit with integration guides and reference designs. Tobii Tech will also offer comprehensive support and collaboration opportunities with OEMs in the program.
Tobii Tech said that limited quantities of IS4 eye tracking evaluation kits will be available and encouraged interested companies to register early for a spot in the program. The first units will ship in December.
Update, 10/16/15, 2:45pm PT: The article previously incorrectly stated that Fove VR used Tobii Tech, as well.
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