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Microsoft Input Devices Technology

Now You Can Control Any Win 8 Kit With Your Eyes 60

Posted by samzenpus
from the look-and-click dept.
iComp writes "It's all gestures and eyeball-tracking at CES this year, with Tobii releasing a USB peripheral that adds control-by-sight to any Windows PC and Lenovo upgrading its Yoga to finger-watching. Tobii demonstrated its eyeball-tracking technology at CES last year, but this time it is announcing a 5,000 unit production run of a USB bar which can be stuck to the bottom of the monitor of any Windows 8 PC to start tracking eyeballs. Lenovo isn't even waiting that long. Although it is only tracking fingers, it's adding the capability to existing Yoga laptops courtesy of eyeSight Tech."
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Now You Can Control Any Win 8 Kit With Your Eyes

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  • Really? (Score:5, Funny)

    by nospam007 (722110) * on Monday January 07, 2013 @10:39AM (#42505259)

    The question is:

    Can this tech detect the shifty eyes of Win8 users searching for the Start-Button and display one?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      indeed.

    • by steelfood (895457)

      It's just a way to force your eyes to stay open after you inadvertently click on a goatse link.

      • by aliquis (678370)

        It's just a way to force your eyes to stay open after you inadvertently click on a goatse link.

        Look away! Look away!

        It's following me!

  • cross-eyed (Score:5, Funny)

    by slackware 3.6 (2524328) on Monday January 07, 2013 @10:45AM (#42505335)
    How many people are going to end up cross-eyed from trying the pinch-to-zoom feature?
  • So now when I roll my eyes at the latest insult to my intelligence and workflow, Windows 8 will implement something better? Where do I sign up?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Hey there!

      It looks like you're pissed off at the new interface! Can I:

      1) Tell you to use it anyway
      2) Not tell you about alternatives
      3) Not show you how to install a different window manager
      4) Offer you a paid upgrade to Win9

      • by Sulphur (1548251)

        Hey there!

        It looks like you're pissed off at the new interface! Can I:

        1) Tell you to use it anyway
        2) Not tell you about alternatives
        3) Not show you how to install a different window manager
        4) Offer you a paid upgrade to Win9

        I like the sound of WinTen.

  • stupid (Score:4, Interesting)

    by slashmydots (2189826) on Monday January 07, 2013 @10:51AM (#42505437)
    When I move my wired mouse, the cursor moves 100% of the time. If this eye tracking stuff is even 99% accurate, it loses the mouse vs eyes contest and aggrivates the user. Touch, motion, eye-tracking, and all other assorted stupidity are all inferior to the controls we have now and are just fancy, futuristic gimmicks.
    • Re:stupid (Score:5, Insightful)

      by js3 (319268) on Monday January 07, 2013 @11:04AM (#42505611)

      When I move my wired mouse, the cursor moves 100% of the time. If this eye tracking stuff is even 99% accurate, it loses the mouse vs eyes contest and aggrivates the user. Touch, motion, eye-tracking, and all other assorted stupidity are all inferior to the controls we have now and are just fancy, futuristic gimmicks.

      of course its's stupid. Because everyone has 2 arms!

      • I can click on like 10 things at a time with my 10 fingers. Of course, by the time all those things register correctly and click and drag timeouts engage, I could have clicked on 10 things with my Razer Abyssus mouse. In fact, I've set a few records in twitch style games. I used to have the 3rd place worldwide high score in Delirium, which requires approx 5 flawless clicks per second for over an hour. I would challenge any input device to beating me in a heads up contest and it'd be a joke.
    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      I'm sorry, it's my fault. They must have gotten the idea here. [slashdot.org] a year and a half ago.

      "Ok, asshole. Let me read up on it." He held his hand out, and a book appeared in it, seemingly, again, out of thin air, assembling itself out of the microscopic networked robots. Almost everything but food and drink was made out of nobots. A protohuman would have thought it magic, rather than technology. Rority read the book -- which was, of course, nothing like the books we protohumans have. Neither paper nor an electroni

    • I guess you don't remember the days of dismantling your mouse to clean it every so often because it gunked up and failed to respond. Still happens to me occasionally with optical/laser mice when a bit of dirt covers the sensor or gets on the mat and it doesn't quite behave the way I would expect. Eye tracking may not be there yet, but just like mice the tech will develop and it will have it's uses, especially when pretty much every laptop already comes with a built-in camera, it'll (eventually) be an extra
    • by sleigher (961421)
      What about the glare on my glasses? Or do I have to wear contacts?
    • by Herve5 (879674)

      Exactly.
      By the way, that's also the reason I continue using the arrow keys: when I hit a key, it obeys 100% of the time, and with absolutely precise accuracy, faaar beyond these ridiculous mouses -not to speak of trackpads.

  • Oh (Score:4, Funny)

    by drolli (522659) on Monday January 07, 2013 @10:56AM (#42505507) Journal

    At first i read: you can control windows by your 8 eyes. But then i realized i am not a spider.

  • I understand pupil tracking to be pretty tough, so I'm not overly excited to try doing it on my own. But a useful HUD seems doable, and pupil tracking is what would really make it useful (aside from voice recognition, which is "good enough" already IMO, though clearly there is room for improvement.) Which peripheral should I be looking at for Linux support? I'm sure as shit not building a CarPC around Win8.

    • Some interesting applications

      Random ones aka "Facebreast(tm)"
      A computer will flawlessly judge competitors to see who has "looked first".
      Monitoring aka "Boss Hog(tm)"
      Part of a collection of programs which sends employee behavior to a central office for further review.
      A collection of programs to extend human functionality aka "Night Hawk(tm)"
      Something like you said. A program which will help drivers keep their eyes on the road when driving or the like. Also when flying in planes, for targeting, but
  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...that Windows Me systems would crash if you looked at them funny.

    Now Lenovo has turned that into a reality with Windows 8!

  • What happens if I give Win 8 the glare of death?

  • Seeing as rare eye blinking is one of the major causes of eye fatigue when using a screen, I guess that this device wont' make it any better ...
  • I can see this being tremendously useful for people with paralysis or other disabilities and probably at a 10th the cost of current systems
    • I'd suggest you patent it quickly, but I imagine someone already has. Probably a lot of someones.

    • by sconeu (64226)

      Tobii has been marketing this to that demographic for years. My wife just got a Tobii C15 with EyeGaze to allow her to talk, even though her ALS won't let her move her hands or speak.

  • That's interesting. My roommate's Windows computer already seems to click on stuff when I'm not even touching the click bar.
  • I'd have to look at it.

  • by sconeu (64226) on Monday January 07, 2013 @12:43PM (#42506843) Homepage Journal

    But for those who are disabled, this technology is a godsend.

    Tobii has been making these for a while for the AAC (adaptive and augmentive communication) devices. My wife has ALS, and can no longer speak, and cannot move her hands to use a stock text-to-speech app. This thing allows her to talk with me (albeit slowly), and is amazing.

  • What if a gesture is looking from left to right to the screen and someone appears in your right? With voice commands speaking to someone else (or a background conversation) could have easily unintended consequences, even if you are careful, but for your eyes will be worse.

    Hopely with it what has been seen could be unseen... i mean, undone.

  • If this thing works well the word I am trying to read will be covered up by the cursor.
  • You'll still need your foot to kick it into the dumpster.

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