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Can you control a computer with your eyes ?

July 15, 2012 | Comment icon 19 comments



Image Credit: Institute of Physics
A new budget device could provide millions of disabled people with a way to interact with computers.
The device works by tracking the user's eye movements through motion sensing technology similar to the Nintendo Wii Remote and Microsoft's X-Box Kinnect. Known as GT3D, the mechanism consists of a pair of glasses with mounted cameras which constantly take pictures of the eyes and calculate the interactions based on what it sees.

"Crucially, we have achieved two things: we have built a 3D eye tracking system hundreds of times cheaper than commercial systems and used it to build a real-time brain machine interface that allows patients to interact more smoothly and more quickly than existing invasive technologies that are tens of thousands of times more expensive," said neurotechnology lecturer Dr Aldo Faisal.
Millions of people suffering from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries or amputees could soon interact with their computers and surroundings using just their eyes, thanks to a new device that costs less than 40.



Source: Science Daily | Comments (19)


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Comment icon #10 Posted by Timonthy 10 years ago
Awesome, soon the general public won't need to move at all either. We're going to evolve to a species with tiny spindly limbs, a fat torso and huge muscular eyes.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
Awesome, soon the general public won't need to move at all either. We're going to evolve to a species with tiny spindly limbs, a fat torso and huge muscular eyes. A bit like this guy...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Kludge808 10 years ago
An eye-tracking device and "smart" software Millions of people suffering from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries or amputees could soon interact with their computers and surroundings using just their eyes, thanks to a new device that costs less than 40. Since my precious daughter is one of those with MS, I find this extremely interesting. Many, many thanks for the heads up on this article. I need to pursue it further.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
Since my precious daughter is one of those with MS, I find this extremely interesting. Many, many thanks for the heads up on this article. I need to pursue it further. Keep an eye on it
Comment icon #14 Posted by Kludge808 10 years ago
Yeah I get it, I know why people see this as good... it jsut means you haven't seen the other stuff yet... You know like where we already ahve the technology to control stuff with brainwaves... I've seen it demo's, heck they even had it on top gear. The problem is there is no "one size fits all" or even "one size fits most" solution. Parkinson's, for example, is a neurological disorder so using brainwaves really can't be counted on to work that well. With that, I've seen the same brainwave controlled devices and I've also seen the price tags associated with them. This is a far less expensive a... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Kludge808 10 years ago
Keep an eye on it Oh, yeah, brah. Noelle is my universe and there is no "too much" where she's concerned. :-)
Comment icon #16 Posted by DeathRain2012 10 years ago
And so it begins..
Comment icon #17 Posted by Kludge808 10 years ago
And so it begins.. Errr ... And so what begins?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
Errr ... And so what begins? The end?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Coffey 10 years ago
The problem is there is no "one size fits all" or even "one size fits most" solution. Parkinson's, for example, is a neurological disorder so using brainwaves really can't be counted on to work that well. With that, I've seen the same brainwave controlled devices and I've also seen the price tags associated with them. This is a far less expensive approach that doesn't depend on brainwaves to accomplish the same end. I don't see this as less advanced. Instead, I see it as a different approach to cover situations where the older tech isn't viable or isn't affordable - or both. Among other things... [More]


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