Well, what started with a simple email from Steve Gleason has now found its way into Windows 10. Microsoft will soon be adding eye-tracking technology that is inspired from a One-week Hackathon held way back in 2014 at Microsoft.
When former NFL player Steve Gleason asked for a solution to problems related to ALS, The Ability Eye Gaze team developed a system where he could move his wheelchair just by looking at controls on the Surface. A boon for physical movement impaired patients, the same technology is now being integrated into Windows 10.
With the new eye-tracking software Eye Control you can now control on screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech just by using your eyes. This requires special eye-tracking hardware like Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEye Plus, EyeMobile Plus and I-series, out of which only Tobii‘s Eye Tracker 4C is supported at the moment (support for more eye-trackers will be added in future). The software is currently in beta, if you’re a Windows Insider you try it right now in the lastest build. Public Beta is expected to be released alongwith Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
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