Most new computer hardware that comes out creates better speed, memory, or graphics. It is rarer to find hardware that will revolutionize the way we use computers. We are burgeoning on an era of complete connectivity. Touchscreens has taken us to a new level. Microsoft's Kinect opens up 3D space. Now the company Tobbi wishes to make our eyes control our futures.
Tobii IS-2 (via Tobii)
Tobbi, the world's leading creators of eye tracking and eye control technology, has announced its introduction of next generation products. The new IS-2 is 75% smaller in design than its predecessor, and it consumes 40% less power (3W total power drain). It is a fully integrated eye tracking component with an embedded processor allowing it synthesize smoothly into many commonly manufactured products today. Regardless of light levels, the IS-2 can still track the user. Tracking can still take place up to 31.5 inches (80 cm) away from the base.
The eye tracking component can create many innovations in the computing world along with progress studies in fields such as psychology and marketing research. One of the greatest features it possesses is the ability to track eye movement despite the eye color, orientation, or eyewear being used. It also has the potential to create numerous applications for the handicapped.
Currently, the IS-2 is being sold exclusively on a manufacturer to manufacturer basis. The effort is to have the tracker embedded into multiple company's products. If anyone chooses to become a Tobii partner, they will receive a Gaze Interaction and Analytics SDK. I can only hope this will be part of the next version of the Microsoft Kinect. Combining all connectivity options together is the only way to arrive at complete emersion.