62610410 tobiii3 Haier unveils Gaze TV: uses eye tracking controller

Motion sensing controllers are a big part of the video game industry, and in light of that success, various firms are adapting technologies like Microsoft’s Kinect for use in other industries.  Haier, a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, recently unveiled a TV that uses sensors to detect eye movements to control the device.

Motion sensing controllers are a big part of the video game industry, and in light of that success, various firms are adapting technologies like Microsoft’s Kinect for use in other industries.  Haier, a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, recently unveiled a TV that uses sensors to detect eye movements to control the device.

 62609289 interface Haier unveils Gaze TV: uses eye tracking controller

In a partnership with Tobii, a Swedish firm that offers eye-tracking technology, Haier developed a set that can detect user eye movements to change the volume, switch channel, and other functions by looking at a particular icon on the screen.

There are currently various so-called “smart” TVs floating around the market that utilize hand gestures and voice commands as methods for control, but as far as full functionalities go, most smart TVs don’t work as intended. 

 62610410 tobiii3(1) Haier unveils Gaze TV: uses eye tracking controller

Back to Haier’s eye-tracking TV, the technology itself is currently still in its prototyping stage, so no one is expecting a perfect product.  Furthermore, the tracking technology has not been integrated into the TV, as the actual control mechanism is actually set on a table in between the user and the TV set.

Before use, the sensors are calibrated to fit individual profiles, and for people that wear glasses the accuracy of the sensors are expected to decrease.

Haier and Tobii is hoping that the technology, if permitted to develop further, will allow for a more “natural” way to control TVs and other consumer electronics.

Tobii’s chief executive, Henrick Eskilsson, went as far as to endorse the SDK that’s linked to the “Gaze” technology which the company deployed in the Haier TV.

“The free Tobii Gaze Interaction software development kit is available to companies interested in exploring the possibilities of gaze interaction and using this revolutionary technology to develop gaze applications that will take part in the future of computing and consumer electronics,” he said.

Source: BBC