Tobii PCEye brings eye-control technology to disabled people
Europe, April 5 2011
Tobii Assistive Technology, makers of the eye-tracking technology behind the eye-controlled laptop, is bringing its eyeball-tracking equipment to any personal computer with the Tobii PCEye.
Part of Tobii’s line of assistive technologies, the PCEye allows users to control their mouse and computer with only a glance, opening up new possibilities for those with impaired motor function or communication disabilities. Individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, ALS, and a variety of other conditions can now type, browse the Internet, and take advantage of a wide variety of software that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
The Tobii PCEye is a standalone device that connects to the computer via USB and can be easily mounted along the bottom of the computer monitor. The system is designed with a magnetic mount, and is designed for use with monitors ranging from 15 to 22 inches.
Much like the technology seen on the Tobii/Lenovo eye-tracking laptop, the PCEye uses infrared light and special sensors to track eye position and gather eye-gaze data. An on-board processor converts this data into cursor control, allowing users to interact with their computers by gazing, blinking, and lingering with their eyes.
The eye-tracking technology is designed to track the eyes of any user, regardless of eye-color and lighting conditions, even for those who wear glasses or contacts. The Tobii PCEye is compatible with Microsoft operating systems, including Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. It is also optimized for use with an array of assistive programs.
The PCEye can be ordered through Tobii.com. Tobii also provides additional funding and rental information through its Web site and representatives.