In 2013, Mangold International, a certified research software partner for EyeTech, sold thirteen EyeTech VT2 eye trackers as part of a multi-purpose Behavioral Research Lab install which included video and audio eqiupment, eye tracking devices and physiology accessories at the renowned Business School at Durham University. The final lab set-up consists of three different lab room configurations with 13 eye tracking cubicles, various workstations, a conference room and a small group room.
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EyeTech’s QuickACCESS software now supports custom calibration targets. See video below for more information on this new feature designed to help younger children calibrate easier by keeping their attention.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-439-3832 if you have any questions.
We had a great show at the ASTC conference in Albuquerque this month. We showed off our new Eye Tracking Kiosk for the first time and had a great response. Overall, everyone loved the look and height adjustability so even individuals in wheel chairs can easily use the kiosk.
This new product doesn’t have a name yet so we thought it would be fun to open up a naming contest that everyone in the world can participate in. The prize is a $100 Amazon gift card to the person whose name we select.
Deadline is November 30,2013 so please submit as many name ideas as you would like. We received several great name ideas for this package at the ASTC conference and look forward to receiving more
The best part of this kiosk is the easy height adjustability and easy to customize QuickKIOSK software. See video below to see what I mean.
Design Interactive (DI) specializes in human – systems integration, including Human Performance Assessment, Training Systems Design and Evaluation, Cognitive Readiness, and Next – Generation HSI. DI develops custom and off-the-shelf eye tracking solutions to enable human performance assessment and root-cause analysis, and has been using EyeTech eye tracking solutions to do so.
According to Matt Archer, Vice President of Engineering, “DI’s eye tracking solutions take advantage of EyeTech’s hardware, which is easy to setup and integrate into existing applications using the provided SDK. In addition, there is enough detail to allow for the computation of metrics relevant to our human factors customers”.
Based on these integration factors, DI has developed eye tracking solutions for customers such as the USMC, DHS, and US Army that utilize eye tracking in innovative ways to train personnel in a custom, adaptive manner. Case studies and descriptions of the relevant projects can be found here:
I was talking with a new user on the phone the other day and he told me he was able to get his EyeTech eye mouse funded through the California Worker’s Compensation Department (CWCD) and I thought I would share these valuable tips so that others who are struggling with computer access can learn how they might also be able to get their EyeTech EyeOn or EyeOn mini device funded. He said it only took a few weeks which was also great news. The key is there needs to be a recommendation from your doctor for the EyeTech device showing medical necessity.
Below are the steps to follow to try and get your EyeTech eye tracker funded by your state’s worker’s compensation department or insurance.
This three step process is very straight forward and I hope will help others be able to receive the help they need to get their EyeOn device funded and get back on the computer again! The device should be covered 100% by Worker’s Comp.
If you have any additional questions please call Keith Jackson at 877-439-3832 or email email@example.com
What started out as small idea in the Computer Science Lab at the University of Arizona has evolved into a great solution which detects if you lie to it by tracking about 50 different measurements at the same time. The system is called AVATAR which stands for Automated Virtual Agent Truth Assessment in Real Time.
Check out the links below to see the system in action and learn more about the neat implementation of EyeTech’s VT2 eye tracking technology along with many other sensors from other manufacturers.
“Eyetracking-tools is a company specialized in software and hardware tools related to eyetracking. We develop custom solution for clients but also useful tools for the masses. We choose EyeTechDS eyetrackers for its highly accurate tracking and flexibility. The QuickLINK 2 API made it easy for us to develop our main two products.”
- Erik Prins, President of Validators
MorEyes: A plugin for Morae, the market leaders in usability software. With our plugin you can easily use any EyetechDS eyetracker and use it in combination with Morae. Besides the usual useful data you get from Morae, you now can observe with high accuracy where you test subject is looking at, live and remote, from the desk next to it or from an other city….Its up to you!
Also the sessions can be recorded and afterwards exported in different video formats and resolutions.
MobilEyes: A hardware and software combination that makes it possible to use a TM3 or a VT2 eyetracker on any mobile device like a tablet or mobile phone. But the possibilities are endless, testing magazines or even packaging is possible with our solution. Eyetracking data can be overlaid on top of the scene camera recording. For the high end user we offer different type of fixation detection algorithms like size, speed and dispersion.
[ Update Apr 27 2013: We will post further information on EyeTech technologies used in the episode at a later time. Final editing in the episode did not provide the full details of EyeTech's eye tracking providing a safe, remote controlled view of the experiment. Stay tuned! ]
The top-left corner of my desk at work is the permanent residence of a bobblehead doll. If you press the button on it, you’ll hear one of three different phrases. My favorite phrase is “When will the fun ever stop?!” For me, the fun started over 2 years ago and it hasn’t stopped yet! Jamie Hyneman, co-host of Discovery Channel’s hit show MythBusters, gave this bobbly likeness of himself to me nearly two years ago during a visit to “the shop,” as he likes to call it. This whole experience started with one short and simple email, sent as a complete shot in the dark . . .
I must have spent hours writing and re-writing that short email, and then finally wrote out the following subject line which I hoped would appeal to Jamie’s finer sensibilities: “Controlling Lasers with Your Eyes?!” That’s the kind of stuff we do here at EyeTech–we develop eye tracking hardware and software which allows you to do some really neat things using just your eye movements.
I’ve been a fan of MythBusters since episode #1, and I remember thinking one day, “I’ll bet the MythBusters would really have fun with our technology.” So, I scoured the web looking for Jamie’s email address and shot off my message to see if he was interested in having an eye tracker of his very own. Well, he wrote back!
He had some really cool ideas for what he would do with one of our devices and invited us to come to his shop (where they both film the episodes and do much of their building and busting) and gave us plenty of time to train him on our system and brainstorm how to make his ideas come to life. Now, on May 1st, 2013 at 9/8c, the 10th anniversary episode of MythBusters will air on the Discovery Channel and you’ll be able to watch the fruits of our labor in living color!
I’m not allowed to reveal it yet, but I really hope you’ll take time out to watch the show and find out exactly what Jamie and I, along with our dedicated team of engineers here at EyeTech, came up with! Then, return to this blog after the air date to get some cool behind the scenes facts (and pics) on what it’s like to work with the MythBusters . . .
How can the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) better prepare baggage screeners for existing and novel threats to the air passenger transportation industry? Design Interactive is achieving this by adding a new Eye Tracking/EEG training solution called ScreenADAPT to their ADAPT (Auto-Diagnostic Adaptive Precision Training) suite of products. ScreenADAPT is a perceptual skills training system for baggage screeners that combines objective measures such as advanced eye-tracking technology and EEG (electrical brain activity) with a simple to use PC-based software to provide unprecedented access to unobservable aspects of trainee performance related to threat search and detection.
ScreenADAPT utilizes a proprietary algorithm that runs in real time to diagnose a trainee’s performance and learning state deficiencies and trigger appropriate instructional strategies and tailored feedback to address the root cause of deficiencies. Based on the resulting diagnostics, ScreenADAPT’s image generation engine creates individualized imagery in real time to target trainee deficiencies. This provides ScreenADAPT unprecedented flexibility and individualization. ScreenADAPT provides individualized feedback regarding search and scan patterns that are not available with today’s systems, and thus is an efficient and effective supplement to existing X-ray baggage screening training systems. It will better prepare baggage screeners by adaptively exposing them to tailored image sets that focus on deficiencies/inefficiencies within the unpredictable context of passenger carry-on luggage.
ScreenADAPT is not only applicable to baggage screening of carry-on luggage, but any domain in which visual search is key to success. This could include, but is not limited to, medical imagery where prospective doctors are trained to search for anomalies across a variety of image types or the intelligence community where analysts search for specific objects and threats within satellite imagery. Design Interactive now has the capability to expand the scope of adaptive training using video imagery as well, which makes it an applicable scenario-based training tool for visual search domains such as intelligence gathering, scout sniper, firefighting, and law enforcement.
Visit Design Interactive to read a case study.
The “Eye Tracking on a Chip” project is scheduled to have a limited number of prototypes available to send out the summer of 2013. This new FPGA camera design puts all the processing on-chip, enabling manufacturers to integrate eye control into nearly any device including Windows 8, Android, iOS and Linux devices —from mobile devices to televisions and home or commercial electronics. Initial developer kits will include drivers that support Windows and Android.
“We’ve seen speech, touch, and gesture all work their way into mainstream consumer electronics. Now it is time to give users the most natural pointing device of all-the eyes! Our new “Eye Tracking on a Chip” technology will make this easier than ever.”
- Robert Chappell, President/CEO
EyeTech’s SMART tracker benefits include:
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If you have immediate questions you can call 877-439-3832 and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
If you have old EyeTech equipment turn it in to receive a $2,000 credit towards your next EyeTech eye tracker purchase. The VT2, VT2 mini and VT2 XL eye trackers are the models which qualify for this trade-up program.
The Media Interaction Lab is a research lab hosted at the Department of Interactive Media on the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Hagenberg. The Media Interaction Lab integrates research and education, providing students with a project-based learning environment. Both undergraduate and graduate students from the Interactive Media department within the University carry out projects in the lab. Students can undertake projects in the lab as part of their studies or alternatively work in the lab as an extracurricular activity. Currently, the lab is working on a range of projects in collaboration with industry and academia.
“We found the device very useful and impressive. The implementation using C# in combination with the SDK from EyeTech was also very easy. Summarizing, it was a very nice experience working with the new EyeTech device and we can highly recommend it!”
- Michael Haller of Media Interaction Lab
Media Interaction Lab used the EyeTech TM3 eye tracker to develop a free open source software called eyeTrack.
Click Here to download the zip file to play with the software.
EyeTech’s partner, Oculis Labs has created an incredible security application called Chameleon which uses the VT2 mini eye tracker, Quick Link 2.5 API installed on a rugged Panasonic Toughbook or Dell laptop. The Chameleon laptop package protects sensitive government information by ensuring that only an authorized user can understand the contents of the computer screen. It is designed to help achieve critical security goals for government agencies and has won several awards for it’s patented data-in-use Chameleon algorithms.
Check out http://www.oculislabs.com/chameleon-3/ for more details.
At the University of Alaska Anchorage we have been studying how to use an eye tracker for user authentication. Our most recent project uses the image captured by the eye tracker to authenticate the user using iris recognition algorithms. Some benefits to this approach are:
The EyeTech TM3 was an excellent choice for our project thanks to the API that provides access to the raw image data. The combination of performance and portability makes the TM3 one of our favorite and most frequently used eye trackers.
We have also used the TM3 to design a gaze-based system to quickly enter passwords using an on-screen keyboard. The user simply looks at the letters in his or her password and the system clusters the gaze points to determine the password symbols.
Kenrick Mock and Bogdan Hoanca
University of Alaska Anchorage
Since 1996 EyeTech has been measuring and listening to user feedback. EyeTech users have provided their feedback and have inspired the EyeOn mini eye tracking mouse and new time saving features included in EyeTech’s new Quick Access, making computer use with eye tracking faster and more natural than ever before. Easily access common mouse actions and keyboard shortcuts — such as cut, copy, paste, search, print, save, undo, redo, control media, and much more!
EyeTech’s new Hot Spot user interface conserves space on a user’s screen and improves the entire user experience with quick and natural control of Windows-based programs. There are four different colored hot spots (blue, yellow, red, and green) which appear on the sides and top corners of the screen. Simply look off the screen over the Hot Spot and different mouse and keyboard functions can be quickly accessed.
Click Here to request your free trial of Quick Access and enjoy eye control computing that will save your arms and hands from repetitive strain injury!
After downloading NoMousy, unzip it to a standard location, like “C:/Program Files/NoMousy/”.Create a shortcut for the program on the taskbar or on the desktop for the NoMousy exe.Edit the Shortcut “Target” to include the hide parameter.Now if you launch the shortcut once, it will hide the cursor. If you launch it a second time, it will show the cursor.
And then run the script that came with NoMousy.
Demo Video of noMousy
Below is a list of useful apps which are compatible with EyeTech eye tracking devices. If you know of other softwares compatible with EyeTech devices please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get it added to the list below:
To request a copy of one of these softwares email email@example.com or click on one of the links below.
AAC link / Ergonomics link
|AAC/Ergonomics||Provides business professionals struggling with RSI / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with fast mouse controls you can control with your eyes.|
|Quick Kiosk||Interactive Display||Provides interactive display and digital signage with an incredible way finder or information kiosk user interface. Custom solutions can also be built upon request.|
|Quick Capture||Research||Quick Capture gaze analysis software is designed for small research projects of static images or videos to capture eye gaze data in real time. Inside the software there are three tabs (capture, playback, and slideshow). The capture and playback tabs enable researchers to save the data to a file or play it back in real time to analyze gaze patterns of small groups. The software is ideal of analyzing regions of interest on static images for product packaging, website landing pages, print advertising, billboards, etc. and is also convenient for analyzing commercials and movie trailers.|
|Quick Link API||Developers||Quick Link API allows developers to integrate eye tracking into their own applications. Some of the data accessible through the API include: X,Y gaze position for each eye, pupil size, time stamp and other valuable eye metrics which are fully accessible for developers to use at their convenience in real time. The software is written in a standard C style DLL which allows for easy use with almost any programming language. Over the past decade many companies have integrated eye tracking seamlessly into their own application using EyeTech’s powerful and easy to use Quick Link API.|
|EyeWorks||Research||EyeWorks is a robust and flexible software product, ideal for both simple and complex eye tracking research studies. Key advantages of EyeWorks include:
|GazeTracker||Research||The key advantages GazeTracker offers are moving AOI’s and automatic look zone creation using their industry leading LookZone detection feature. This is ideal for Website and Usability studies while also saving a tremendous amount of time for researchers. Their Scene Camera option is also very beneficial for conducting mobile device testing (ex. iPad, tablets, smart phones, etc.). GazeTracker is the most affordable research package and is very easy to use.|
|Attention Tool||Research||Attention Tool® is a high-end customizable & scalable eye tracking software for Usability, Scientific and Market Research. Attention Tool is module based and you can customize it specifically for your needs. With the integrated survey module and other external sensors, Attention Tool is the leading software within scientific research. Universities are offered 50% discount on the Attention Tool software. Other unique metrixes are: emotional arousal based on pupil dilations, Reading metric, Automated reporting system and easy to use drag and drop style software. In addition Attention Tool has the longest software track record in the market, now reaching 16 iterations of software development for fitted client needs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HQb2y3ptYg&feature=related|
|Mangold Vision||Research||The key features of MangoldVision are:
The Grid 2 allows people with limited or unclear speech to use a computer as a voice output communication aid, using symbols or text to build sentences.
You can also access your Windows desktop and other programs, with the built in Computer Control features.
In addition to this, you can send and receive email and sms messages, browse the web, listen to music… and more too!
The Grid 2 is accessible to everybody, accepting input from eye gaze, switches, headpointer, touchscreen, mouse, and other options too. It requires a PC running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
|Dasher||AAC||This eye tracker software works under MS Windows and replaces the mouse pointer with a users gaze. Below is a photo of me using Dasher to write with my eye movement. I can write at about 50-100 characters per minute (10 – 20 wpm). With further development, faster speeds should be possible.|
|GazeTalk||AAC||GazeTalk is a predictive text-entry system for severely disabled people that has a restricted on-screen keyboard with ambiguous layout. The main reason for using such a keyboard layout is that it enables the use of an eye tracker with a low spatial resolution (e.g., a web-camera based eye tracker).The goal of the GazeTalk project is to develop an eye-tracking based AAC system that supports several languages, facilitates fast text entry, and is both sufficiently feature-complete to be deployed as the primary AAC tool for users, yet sufficiently flexible and technically advanced to be used for research purposes. The system is designed for several target languages, initially Danish, English, Italian, German and Japanese.|
|Dynavox Series 5||AAC||The Dynavox Series 5 software is a communication package which supports multiple access methods and can be customised to meet individual needs. It has templates for creating and edit vocabulary vocabulary pages, and also includes the InterAACTvocabulary, which is suitable for a wide range of ages and language abilities.The software is designed for Dynavox communication aids like the V and VMax, and can work with Microsoft Windows XP or Vista. It also features computer access and email (ability to sign up for a @mydvox.com email account). A range of artificial voice options are included including AT&T Natural Voices.|
|Speaking Dynamically Board Pro||AAC||Boardmaker® with Speaking Dynamically Pro builds on the power of Boardmaker® Plus! with features like natural sounding voices, word prediction and more! Designed for individuals challenged by significant speech or language disabilities, Boardmaker ® with Speaking Dynamically Pro transforms any computer into a speech output device and powerful student learning tool.|
|Mind Express||AAC||Mind Express has been radically updated. The new version, Mind Express 4, is even more user-friendly and quicker to use!
The menus and options have been extensively changed: programming is simplified, intuitive and faster. Moreover, Mind Express 4 is packed with new features: multimedia, calendars, agendas, dynamic lists, freestyle pages and more.
Mind Express 4 is dynamic and geared to the life of its users. With Mind Express 4, it is faster and easier than ever before to create cells and vocabularies, develop an exercise or create an original therapy game.
|Dragon Naturally Speaking||Ergonomic||Stop typing – and start talking. Perfect for anyone who wants an easier, faster, and more fun way to interact with your PC. Just talk to type and control your computer with your voice.|
|Windows 7 Voice Dictation||Ergonomic||Input words into word-processing programs or to fill out online forms in a web browser. You can also use Speech Recognition to edit text on your computer.|
|E-Z Keys||AAC||EZ Keys is designed for users who have a third-grade reading level or above and cannot speak or for speaking users who desire adapted computer access. Users with a wide range of disabilities find EZ Keys simple to operate and essential to everyday communication. EZ Keys allows the literate user to do everything from typing a letter, to engaging in conversation with a friend, to exploring the worldwide web. World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking uses the software to deliver lectures around the world, while a nine-year-old boy uses it to talk with friends and to participate in classroom activities at his school in Louisiana.|
|Click-n-type||Ergonomic||Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed to provide computer accessibility to anyone with a disability that prevents him or her from typing on a physical computer keyboard. As long as the physically challenged person can control a mouse, trackball, touch screen or other pointing device, this adaptive software keyboard allows you to send keystrokes to virtually any Windows application or DOS application that can run within a window. The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard requires Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win-7 or later. There are other onscreen virtual keyboards around but you’ll find Click-N-Type the easiest to use for getting text into problematic applications. Try them all. You’ll see they all work fine while typing into Notepad or WordPad, but when you attempt to do some real work, with all but the expensive ones, you’ll get really annoyed really fast. The Click-N-Type Soft Keyboard was designed with ease of use foremost in mind. Oh yes, it’s FREE. If you need it, you can have it. I’ve seen too many people trying to make money off disabled people.|
|Minspeak by PRC||AAC||If you show people a picture of something simple, like an apple, they will naturally associate more than one idea with that picture. People usually say the most obvious idea first – “apple” – but then they start associating more ideas – “fruit,”“red,” “eat,” “bite,” and “hungry.” Minspeak takes advantage of this natural tendency by using a small set of pictures to represent a large number of words in a communication device.|
|C# wrapper||C# wrapper||Developer||QuickLinkDotNet is a .NET wrapper for the QuickLink API, which is used to control EyeTech’s line of eye trackers.|
Quick Capture gaze analysis software is designed to capture exactly where individuals look on any computer display (laptop, desktop, tablet or TV screens). The software is ideal because the user interface is extremely easy to set-up and use. Unlike other complex eye tracking softwares which take hours to learn and set-up, the Quick Capture 2.0 software is easy to set-up and conveniently saves data to a .CSV file for easy analysis later on. The software is ideal of analyzing regions of interest on static images for product packaging, website landing pages, print advertising, billboards, etc. and is also convenient for analyzing commercials and movie trailers. Inside the software there are three tabs:
This tab enables researchers to capture eye gaze data and save it to a .CSV file. A separate .CSV file is then created for each participant. Researchers can then play back the eye gaze data found in the .CSV file in the “Playback” tab or it can be aggregated manually using their own methodology. For researchers interested in doing Usability testing and saving an on-screen video capture along with gaze data overlayed then third party eye tracking softwares are also available. Visit http://www.eyetechds.com/eye-tracking-research-software-partners for a list of several eye tracking softwares which are compatible with EyeTech devices.
This tab enables researchers to be able to open a .CSV file for any participant and play back the X,Y gaze position showing a gaze box of where the participant looked on the screen. The user can choose their own color gaze box. If researchers want to save this replay then a free on-screen capture program tool such as (Jing.com) or commercial software programs like Camtasia also work well for saving the two data streams (eye gaze data and on-screen video capture) in one video file.
This tab allows researchers to quickly track where participants look on digital media. Eye track on as many slides as you want. The slideshow mode then displays three consecutive slides for a specified time frame and then immediately plays back where the participant looked.
A new “Custom Slideshow” mode is now available for researchers to create their own PowerPoint presentation and create as many or as few Look Cells for each slide shown. The percentage of time the participant spent viewing each cell is then outputed into a .CSV file for each slide. See example below:
An additional .CSV file is created for each slide showing X,Y gaze position, pupil size, dwell times, blink rates, and other valuable data to allow researchers to aggregate and analyze afterwards on their own time table. The .CSV file for each slide can also be opened inside Quick Capture and played back inside the Playback tab.
Click Here to download of the latest Quick Capture 2.0 software.
The CHI 2012 Conference was held in Austin, TX this year and featured four days of University projects, presentations, and usability and user experience research tools for Universities to play with. EyeTech showed off their new portable eye tracking lab which powerful eye tracking software tools.
This new package allows researchers to easily set-up and transport their eye tracking lab anywhere you want on the go. Rentals are also available for those researchers and user experience professionals who have a short term project. The entire package can be rented for $1,500/month and the first two months rent can be applied towards purchase.
Click here to request a formal quote.
Researchers are now able to conduct eye tracking studies either in the lab or on the go. EyeTech is pleased to announce the new EyeTech VT2 mini portable eye tracking research package, the smallest remote eye tracker available on the market and more powerful than ever. The EyeTech VT2 mini is currently available and will be on demonstration May 7 through 10 at the CHI 2012 Conference (Booth# 23) in Austin, Texas.
The EyeTech VT2 mini research package comes with the EyeTech SDK (Quick Link 2 API and Quick Capture 2.0 eye tracking analysis software) pre-installed on a high powered Lenovo laptop, a second monitor and keyboard, the VT2 mini eye tracker, and all necessary cables.
The VT2 mini fits nicely in a compact, light-weight briefcase so researchers can easily run eye tracking studies off-site. And, it can be shipped for a fraction of the cost compared to other eye tracking systems currently on the market.
The EyeTech Research Package is available both for sale or rent. Additionally, a cost effective rent-to-own option is available to provide short term eye tracking research projects with flexible weekly or monthly rental options.
Now through June 30, 2012 EyeTech will include a Lenovo laptop, a second monitor, and keyboard with every VT2 mini eye tracker purchased at no additional cost. The hardware supports multiple computers, allowing researchers to run studies in the office, lab, or on remote location. And, unlike other eye trackers on the market that are large, bulky, or built into the monitor, the EyeTech VT2 mini can easily attach and detach from any laptop, desktop, or tablet computer using a simple magnetic mount and USB connection.
Click here to request a formal quote.
EyeTech Digital Systems will be showing off their latest Eye Tracking Technology Exhibit at Booth# 729 at the American Association of Museums 2012 Conference this week in Minneapolis. The device easily attaches to the bottom of both small and large displays/kiosks providing a fun and interactive hands free control experience for all ages. The technology provides eye control from a distance of up to 10 feet, as well as tracks the eye gaze patterns of each participant to understand which media attracts the most attention.
This video demonstrates one of several Museums and Science Centers across the U.S. and Europe who have recently integrated EyeTech’s industry leading eye tracking technology into their Museum exhibits. Museums can quickly add the technology to their existing display using EyeTech’s Quick Kiosk software or develop their own custom third party application using EyeTech’s software developer kit with support from EyeTech’s experienced engineering team.
If you are unable to attend the AAM conference this week, contact EyeTech at 877-439-3832 to request a quote or demonstration. All purchases come with a 60 day money back guarantee.
Based in Mesa, Arizona, EyeTech Digital Systems, Inc. is a privately held company dedicated to developing high-quality, affordable eye tracking hardware and software to be utilized in a wide variety of applications from communication aids to research studies, from museum exhibits to security systems. When founded in 1996 EyeTech developed the first eye tracking interface to Windows, and its skilled engineering team has been designing, integrating, and building eye tracking algorithm and devices for worldwide distribution ever since. EyeTech eye trackers and software are developed and built in the USA.
The winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card for the “Best Alternative Mouse & Keyboard Contest” goes to John Toone. He had the the most interesting, funny and creative ways to control a mouse or keyboard. Our favorite was his creative “Ab Mouse” - you get an abdominal workout while mousing on the computer . It just goes to show there are many ways to access your computer these days.
I mounted a thumb trackball mouse to a microphone stand and used the side of my face to move the trackball and dwell software for clicking. This was very effective; however, after a few months I ended up with a pinched nerve in my thoracic outlet area.
Here is the “Ab mouse” – you get an abdominal workout while mousing on the computer. A tilt sensor is taped to a wobble seat. Again, dwell software is used for clicking.
Here is the rubber duck. I was trying to find something that I could mount the tilt sensor to that would easily move like a joystick and that I could move with my toe. I saw this rubber duck at a party outlet store and thought it would do the trick. My daughter, who collects rubber ducks, was not very happy to find out what I was doing with this.
I thought it would be helpful to maintain a natural, loose grip on a mouse, so I came up with this duct tape solution. It worked very well, again using dwell software for clicking.
I have tried many, many other things. Here are just a few more photos:
I was having trouble using my fingers for clicking, so started using a pencil in the way shown below. This just moved the issue to my elbow, where I now have cubital tunnel syndrome.
The tilt sensor taped to my foot.
Foot switch for mouse clicking.
This was kind of interesting. I taped the sensor to the clipboard and stacked everything as shown below. This tower sits on my lap and then I rest my arms on it and can mouse just by rocking back and forth and left and right.
We attended the CHI 2011 conference in Vancouver and met Bill Buxton of Microsoft Research where he showed off hundreds of cool tech devices. Over the past 30 years Bill has assembed an amazing collection of computing devices. Visit http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/bibuxton/buxtoncollection/ to view dozens of alternative mice and keyboards he had on display.
We thought it would be fun to do a contest among business professionals who struggle with mousing because of a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Repetitive Strain Injury.
We will give away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to the person who submits the most unique and interesting story about their alternative access methods.
We hope everyone enjoys the contest.
In 1996, Robert Chappell designed the first Windows based eye tracking mouse for his own personal use due to a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) he developed from too much computer programming. In fact, he still uses the EyeOn eye tracking mouse for every day computer use. He uses the EyeOn mini for mouse control and also uses Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking to type for completely hands free computing. Robert has tried a wide variety of alternative mice but none have completely replaced the mouse like the combination of eye tracking and voice dication software. Our goal is to help business professionals who are struggling with using a keyboard and mouse everyday by helping them stay in the workforce and remain productive.
EyeTech Digital Systems has been designing, manufacturing, and selling eye trackers for nearly 16 years now. As you can see from the image above the hardware has come a long way. One of the things that has set us apart is the speed and reliability of our image processing algorithms used to find eye features. To understand about how this came about let’s look at the history.
In 1995 most PCs had processors with clock speeds less than 100 MHz. So the original algorithms were designed to target machines with 60 MHz processors. Most “off-the-shelf” image processing algorithms would have been too slow for these processors at the real-time speeds needed. So EyeTech developed scaled-down algorithms specifically targeted to the task at hand – find the eye and its features. These algorithms ran very fast on the Pentium and allowed EyeTech to develop the first eye tracker with these features: processing on the PC – Windows compatible – mouse replacement – real-time.
EyeTech has gradually improved the image processing – always keeping pace with current processing speeds. The result is that our eye trackers have maintained a “light” processor footprint making it ideal to interact within a variety of applications.
“One of the companies we met at CES 2012, EyeTech Digital Systems, had a technology that was easily able to be related to gaming and that was eye-tracking.” (The Gamer Access)
CES 2012 set a record for number of attendees with over 150,000! Gesture and eye tracking technologies were a hit at the show and received a lot of press coverage.
PrimeSense and SoftKinectic showed off their cool gesture control for both gaming and commercial applications such as retail where consumers can try on clothes virtually on screen. In the retail environment the user swipes their hands to scroll, pinch their fingers together to select and then put the shirt or pants on with the same motion you are used to except this time with nothing in your hands.
EyeTech received a lot of attention with the unveiling of two new eye tracking devices for both laptops and TVs. EyeTech’s new Quick Access software was also unveiled and allows consumers to quickly and accurately select inside any Windows program.
The future of computer human interaction will be a combination of:
Ideal for computer manufacturers interested in integrating eye tracking technology into next generation computers (tablets, laptops and desktops). Imagine just looking to directly select any icon, control the scroll, zoom and more all with just a glance of the eyes.
Ideal for TV manufacturers interested in integrating eye tracking technology into their next generation Smart TVs. Imagine no remote control. Change channels, adjust volume, or directly select with just a swype of the eyes.
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Howard has Muscular Dystrophy, but this hasn’t stopped him from a successful career as the Vice President of a National Chain of Private Charter Schools.We met Howard at the Arizona Science Center with a group of his students and within five minutes of being introduced to our TM4 Eye Tracker, it became obvious that this would change both his career and personal life forever! Now Howard doesn’t have to rely solely upon his personal assistant to control his computer. Howard attaches the EyeTech TM4 eye tracker to a tablet PC mounted to his wheel chair. During a typical day Howard uses his eye tracking system to:
In fact, Howard Skypes us often using his eye tracker. He is extremely proficient on the computer now. He even attended the AZTAP conference to demonstrate to other Assistive Technology professionals how eye tracking technology has helped him and how it will benefit others.
“I really enjoy the eye tracker software. It makes it possible for me to use my computer again allowing me to be both productive at home and at work.”
Michael suffers from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) which prevents him from using a computer because the keyboard and mouse fatigue his arms and hands. Similar to other repetitive strain injuries (RSI) like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, TOS causes heaviness and pain in the arms and hands.
For more information about TOS and treatments for TOS there is great information at the PubMed Health website.
Michael controls the entire computer using his eye movements and his voice for a completely hands free PC experience. With this set-up Michael rarely will need to use a keyboard or mouse again. This has helped him stay productive for a local fire department in the Los Angeles area where he does a lot of data entry. He uses the EyeOn eye tracking mouse from EyeTech to control the mouse. He also uses the voice recognition software built into Windows 7 to type with his voice. This combination provides a natural way for him to control the computer completely hands free!
Wade Wingler of Easter Seals Crossroads Indiana Chapter demonstrates the EyeTech TM4 eye gaze system on a laptop in the video below.
Game Developer Conference 2011 at Moscone Center in San Francisco – March 2-4, 2011
Now going on 4 years of attending GDC, this year EyeTech Digital Systems got some significant press for a few reasons:
Having been featured as the “Best Tech” of GDC 2011 by Destructoid’s overview of the GDC, EyeTech showed off its ability to track a person’s eyes in real-time and move a turret with a laser. Within a fraction of a second of looking at a point on the wall, the laser moves to the exact spot!
A five second calibration routine makes the demo scary-accurate. The built in IR camera in EyeTech’s hardware acquires the user’s eyes in a split second. The VT1 and the VT2 models were on display at this year’s GDC.
EyeTech’s robust image processing algorithms work with a large percentage of the population and even work with most people that wear glasses. Two IR light sources reflect off the cornea of the eye and provide a reference for the eye tracker to measure where your pupil has moved. After an initial mapping or calibration to the corners of the screen, your actual line of sight from each eye is calculated and X-Y data is outputted by EyeTech’s Quick Glance software.
Two attention drawing demos at the GDC that use the same technology include:
1. Connect To Your PC or TV with Eye Gesture Technology – EyeTech demoed how eye gesture technology will be in the PCs, TVs and Kiosks of the future. Already installed in a number of museums and science centers, the demo shows off EyeTech’s Quick Exhibit interactive display software which features an automated calibration and eye games including:
2. Research and Usability Testing: GazeTracker, one of the many research software packages that work with EyeTech’s hardware, showed how it can track a person’s interactions within websites, movies, games, user-interfaces, advertisements, etc. First setup the usability test, then people go through and use or interact with the stimulus. Then, a number of post processing steps can be done to find out how people use (or don’t use) your UI, advertisement or website. Heat-maps, gaze-trails and other features show initial reactions and how people really use your products, not just where they move their mouse.
Gameplay of the future. Kiosks of the future. Improved usability and advertising now. EyeTech Digital Systems expects to be integrated into monitors, laptops, tablets, smart phones and even cars in the coming years. Eye tracking is a game changer that is opening new doors and changing how people expect to interact with technology.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: March 1-3, 2011
This year at the Game Developer’s Conference, EyeTech Digital Systems will be exhibiting several exciting new eye tracking technologies in both the research and interactive display markets. We will be unveiling the new VT2 High Speed USB eye tracker as well as an amazing new game and some fantastic prizes.
EyeTech Digital Systems was spotlighted by Brigham Young University’s on-air magazine BYU Weekly.The first features an interview with EyeTech CEO Robert Chappell and demonstrates the TM4 Eye Tracker being used by assistive technology client Howard Bell. The story begins at 50 seconds at the link BYU Weekly Nov 21, 2010.
Place: Mesa, AZ
Participants: Robert Chappell and Keith Jackson
Problem: Can the EyeTech eye tracking technology successfully lock onto a driver’s eye while driving a vehicle in daylight?
Test setup: The EyeTech TM3 tracking module was attached to a laptop stand and mounted on the dashboard directly in front of the driver. The stand was held in place with a spring-loaded hardware clamp. An inverter was used to run the eye tracker power supply and a laptop computer ran on its own internal battery.
At the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions the popular “World of Goo” game was played using EyeTech’s powerful long distance eye controlled TV display. The user is tracked at 7 feet away from the TV display and controls the game with just his eye gaze.