Eye-Controlled Laptop Unveiled

Lyla Katz
DANDERYD, Sweden — Tobii Technology has unveiled its new eye-tacking controller, which allows users to control certain computer functions just by looking at points on a screen.

Developed with computer manufacturer Lenovo, the laptop uses Tobii's eye-tracking technology to enhance interaction at a glance. Eyeing points on the screen releases information from icons and gadgets, zooms pictures and maps, switches between open windows, and browses email and documents.

"What we find most exciting are the opportunities that eye control as part of natural user interfaces offers consumer electronics manufacturers in a range of product categories," said Barbara Barclay, general manager of Tobii North America.

The eye-recognition concept continues a push toward more natural interfaces that has seen a variety of motion-controlled products such as Microsoft Kinect recently introduce new interactive features.

“More than anything else, the Tobii laptop prototype is proof that our eye tracking technology is mature enough to be used in standard computer interfaces,” said Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii Technology. The company said eye control can also speed things up by enabling new and intuitive ways to switch between open windows, browse emails and documents.