Hands-free is probably the future of computer interaction. Gesture control is already moving toward this future and now we can add eye-tracking to the roster. Just like many other technologies we cover here at Engineering on the Edge, eye-tracking tech has long been a staple of science fiction. What could be easier than pointing your peepers at part of a screen?
Tobii has developed functional eye-tracking hardware and software compatible for Windows 8 with its Tobii REX interface. The hardware takes the form of a slim sensor that looks similar to a Kinect. Calibrating the Gaze software requires following a moving dot around the screen with your eyes, and you’re ready. Users can move around the screen and select specific areas just by using their eyes. Continue reading
I’d guess that, as a child, almost everyone had a friend that loved remote controlled toys. I knew a kid that had a bunch of remote controlled cars, and another that had a remote controlled plane (I’m pretty sure he crashed it). I was never all that interested in that sort of thing when I was younger, but even I think this new device is pretty cool.
Puzzlebox has designed a toy helicopter called the Orbit, which uses EEG to control its movement. The Orbit uses a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset, a sort of miniature broadcast tower (made via 3D printing), and a smartphone to control the movements of a miniature helicopter. The harder you think, the more it moves around. Continue reading
Microsoft has been busy incorporating new user interface technology into its products for some time, and now scientists at the company’s University of Cambridge lab (along with help from Newcastle University and the University of Crete) have come up with a new gesture recognition device that builds a 3D model of the user’s hand to virtually control electronic devices. Continue reading