Tobii Lets You Use a Computer with Your Eyes


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Tobii Technology touts themselves as the world leader in eye tracking and eye control. Their eye tracking technology allows computers to know where the users are looking. When I first sat down to test the software, I was amazed at how quickly it worked, taking less than two seconds to calibrate and figure out what I wanted to do. This seems much easier for users than the intendiX setup I demonstrated a few days ago.

There are millions of people in this world who cannot use a computer in the “normal” way, due to various physical challenges they may have. Some may not be able to use their hands to type or click a mouse, and that’s where the technology from Tobii can make a difference.

Tobii has revolutionized the field by developing eye trackers that work for basically any user without requiring any manual adjustments. Tobii eye trackers combine high accuracy and precision with an extremely high tolerance for large head movement and a variety of environments. The technology is compact enough to integrate into a wide range of devices and applications.

The Eye Tablet was developed using cutting-edge technology whose precision is almost incomprehensible. Not only is this tablet perfect for those with physical impairments, it also works very well in settings where your hands may not be available:

  • hospital room or surgeries
  • malls and stores
  • public venues
  • exhibitions, trade shows, conferences or fairs

It takes only a few moments to set up the Tobii tablet and eye control module. You don’t have to do weird things or wear strange-looking objects. Simply put yourself in front of the screen and perform a speedy one-time calibration. No other adjustments are ever needed. The eye control is fully automatic and simple to use, no matter what experience level you have with computers in general.

The eye control module itself has one of the market’s largest head movement boxes. This is the imaginary box where sensors can track your eyes. This means that it’s not critical to stay in the same place: you can move your head around if you wish. You won’t have to worry about interrupted tracking or losing any functionality. If you accidentally (or purposely) move out of the eye tracking area, the tracker will pick up where you left off when you return – without needing to be calibrated again.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we have talked many times over the years about “the future of technology.” I’d say that future is here. I can’t wait to see the things we’ll have at our disposal in the next few years.

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