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Eye Control Your World!
Windows 10 will include support for vision tracking an experience called Eye Control, inspired from the winning Microsoft hackathon project in 2014.
Microsoft has selected EyeTech Digital Systems to work together to develop a new Human Interface Device (HID) class for eye trackers. The HID class will enable EyeTech eye trackers to be recognized automatically by Windows. The update will allow any user on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or higher built-in eye tracking support for EyeTech hardware, such as an EyeTech’s TM5 Mini which will enable customers to leverage experiences like Eye Control to plug in an eye tracking device .
“This new update will not only improve the user experience for our assistive technology users but will open up new opportunities for wider consumer adoption as we move to eye controlled displays,” Keith Jackson, Director of Sales & Marketing at EyeTechDS. Eye trackers will be portable across multiple devices operating on Windows 10.
The greatest impact of this exciting new development is it’s affordable reach to our assistive needs community. It extends a lifeline to those with limiting disabilities to the outside world and enabling greater freedom, mobility and independence.
Eye control on Windows lets you use eye tracking technology to control your PC with only your eyes. It is available inside Windows and offers several benefits including:
● Controlling the mouse – Using only your eyes, conveniently position the mouse cursor anywhere on the screen and perform mouse clicks for a hands-free mouse experience inside all Windows applications.
● Typing on the eye control keyboard – Using only your eyes, type text using the eye control keyboard inside any Windows application.
● Shape writing on the eye control keyboard - Users will love this cool feature Microsoft added to their on-screen keyboard called shape writing, which allows for a faster way to type using your eyes. Simply dwell on the first letter of the word you want to type and then quickly glance over the next letters and then dwell on the last letter to type the word. It can be faster than typing one letter at a time. And text suggestions help predict the words you are typing to help you type faster as well.
● Eye control text to speech – Individuals who are unable to talk can type out what they want to communicate and have it spoken aloud for them to communicate their wants and needs. This will provide greater freedom and independence.
What if your car could tell if you’re happy, sad, or too tired or impaired to drive?
EyeTechDS Inc. visual tracking software uses occulometrics track eye movement and pupil dilation gauging the drivers attention or lack thereof while driving. Noldus Facial recognition software recognizes a smile or slack facial expressions, head pose, eye perclose and many other useful metrics which will be helpful for ADAS. Results are graphed to show a drivers attention and emotions while behind the wheel.
Noldus “FaceReader automatically analyzes 6 basic facial expressions, neutral, contempt, and boredom, interest, and confusion.”1 Widely used in marketing application FaceReader is able to “quickly gain insight into the effects of different stimuli.”1
Potential application include luxury auto manufacturers who will be able to accurately gauge a level of satisfaction and distractions from the driving experience, while restricted drivers could have more than a simple breathalyzer restricting their cars from starting. Further advancements in automated driving could tell the car when it's time to take over driving to deliver passengers to a safe location eliminating falling asleep behind the wheel.
1Noldus FaceReaderTM(2017). Retrieved December 13, 2017, from FaceReader