Laptops Use Eye Tracking to Scroll Documents
The New York Times reported yesterday on an interesting new product that could have many used in health care technology. The article, in the Sunday Business section, reported on a new laptop computer with eye-tracking cameras that enables a user to call-up and scroll through different documents simply by moving his eyes.
For the full article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/business/27novel.html?ref=portablecomputers
As the Times reports, “Just look at a particular location on the screen, and the cursor goes there instantly, ready for you to open a folder or to send an e-mail (at which point you need to use old-fashioned keys).”
The new computers were developed by Tobii Technology of Sweden and Lenovo. The two companies have built 20 prototypes so far.
One computer scientist from Queens University in Ontario, Canada said the new technology could cut in half the time needed for many chores. For example, when people are working on several screens, any of which can be activated with a glance, it could speed up interactions by a factor of two.
Spokesmen for Tobii and Lenovo said the technology wouldn’t be available in stores for at least two years.