You look at a screen and you are traversing through menus ,selecting items, closing windows and doing everything you would do with a normal computer or a tablet except the fact that you are not using your hands, not engaging yourselves in weird movements. You are just looking at the screen in front of you or to put it properly you are kind of staring at it. This might seem something that you would find normally in a sci-fi movie. But this is reality today.
This has been made possible by a new product from company Tobii known as Tobii eye control technology. Toby launched it at CeBIT 2011 It lets users to do everything that we do with a mouse or hand gestures. It is all set to replace our cosy all comfortable mouse.
The device consists of two infrared sensors at the bottom of the screen that track the user’s eye movements. The infrared sensors track the eye movement and the glint of the eye many times a second and use it to control the objects of the screen. This system is very accurate and faster than traditional input devices like the keyboard , mouse and newer one’s like touch. Tobii used Lenovo laptops to showcase this product prototype at CeBIT. The system calibrates its sensors for every user. There is a provision for saving user profiles so that the system need not calibrate everytime you use it after someone else has used it.
The system has been designed to let you do a variety of tasks ranging from just reading to playing games. You can use it to play media, zoom and pan and also multitask. Though you wouldn’t entirely be only doing this things only by staring. While zooming and panning you will have to press some buttons to select things though. You will have to use buttons for things you normally manage with left click on a mouse.
The technology is simply incredible. It brings a lot of opportunities for the developers and an entirely new experience for the users. It might lead to development of totally different types of applications that would let us do things we have just watched in movies. We are waiting the device to hit the market.