Monday, 21 August, 2017

Windows 10 Introduces Gaze Tracking Technology in New Insider Build 16257

Team of researchers in a conference room at Microsoft discuss Eye Gaze Wheelchair The Microsoft Enable Research team meets to discuss the Eye Gaze Wheelchair
Cecilia Poole | 05 August, 2017, 00:25

To empower physically-challenged people to operate an on-screen mouse and keyboard, Microsoft has announced beta version of "Eye Control" feature for Windows 10 that lets users control much of the interface with just eye movements.

There are no specifics as to when Eye Control could become available to everyone using Windows 10, but since the technology is still in its early days. The change will arrive as part of the Fall Creators Update.

If you would like to try out the Eye Control in Windows 10, it is now available in the beta which is available to all those who sign up to the Windows Insider Program.

The "Eye Control" feature now supports only selected eye trackers of "Tobii" hardware.

The feature is now only available with select Tobii hardware and on the EN-US keyboard layout, but additional hardware vendors and layouts will be added in future updates. The Command Prompt is finally receiving a newish look after years of developers asking for a change.

This eye tracking system is taking us another step nearer to making our PCs completely accessible and in our control. Currently, the Eye Control feature only supports US English keyboard layout.

"Having Eye Control in Windows 10 continues to bridge the gap between widely used technology and people with disabilities", Gleason said in a post published yesterday on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog.

A further interesting aspect of Eye Control is something Microsoft calls "shape-writing".

Eye Control Keyboard: To select it, look at the keyboard icon on the launch pad.

The issue where the Japanese IME prediction candidates shifted position and overlapped with the text on the screen when the page zoom level is set to anything other than 100 percent, has been fixed too. It's important to note that more eye tracker devices will be supported in the future. The device may require new calibration when moving to a location with different lighting conditions. While eye-controlled devices seem right out of science fiction, it is becoming a reality at an increasingly faster pace.

The next computer you buy may be controlled with only your eyes.

As with all preview builds there are other minor improvements and known issues (including Mobile) that you can check out in the full changelog. Well, now we know what the update is. This caught the attention of Microsoft and kickstarted their plans to integrate native eye tracking in Windows 10.

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