The Eye-Controlled Laptop – Be Careful Who You Roll Your Eyes At

Tobii Technology unveiled a new laptop with integrated eye-control:

The prototype laptop has been developed in collaboration with computer manufacturer Lenovo and will be shown publicly for the first time at CeBIT in Hannover, March 1-5.

Lenovo, the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of personal computers, has built the world’s first eye-controlled laptop, using eye tracking technology from Tobii. The laptop is a fully functional conceptual prototype and an important breakthrough for Tobii in its mission to bring its eye tracking technology to serial production and consumer products.

My Comments
Congrats to both Tobii and Lenovo for pushing the boundaries of computer control.

The initial 20 machines are for testing and development purposes. You can’t have one – yet.

Some of the ideas for usage include looking at an icon to open it, and to make zooming faster.

If this becomes mainstream, perhaps we’ll be able to blink to delete email messages (or blink twice to delete them all – which will give new meaning to the phrase, “I didn’t see your email”), roll our eyes to stop Skype video calls (just don’t do it to your boss), and look surprised to open Twitter so we can read the latest news.

Of course, if this becomes fully integrated so we can wire it up to people’s chairs too, as soon as someone shows signs of nodding off, the computer can arrange for a quick bolt of electricity to go down the wire and wake them up. Think of the productivity potential! 😉

Interesting …

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