Right now, you’re most likely using a mouse or a touchscreen to navigate this webpage. But in the future, such primitive user interfaces could be seen as ancient technology. Today, more and more research is being done about the power of eye tracking hardware.
Eye tracking hardware for computers is nothing new. However, in the past, it’s always been too finicky, expensive, and glitchy to experience widespread adoption. The potential for a mass consumer device has always been there, and today, it looks like that potential is inching closer.
A new eye tracking hardware called Senseye has been created by a Danish company called Utechzone. Senseye uses a strip of infrared LEDs to monitor eye movements of the computer user. The device sits behind the monitor and is about as large as a power strip. So yes, it’s a pretty bulky device.
But according to early reports from websites like ExtremeTech.com, Senseye works surprisingly well. In that article, ExremeTech.com claimed that using the device was a breeze, and sitting back and reading through webpages without moving any part of your body was “certainly a convenience.”
But the true benefit of eye tracking technology is the speed. Just think of what your eyes are doing as they read this article. Your eyes process each line of text in a fraction of a second before scanning down to the next one. This requires rapid, precise movement on a level which other parts of our body – like our hands and fingers – simply aren’t capable of.
According to that writer, the difference between the speed of an eye tracking device and a traditional touchscreen is like the difference between a 100,000 RPM redline motor and one with a 6,000 RPM limit. In other words, there is no comparison.
When will an eye tracking iPad be released?
Today, eye tracking technology is becoming more and more affordable. It’s reached a point where we could start seeing eye tracking technology on smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs in the next five to ten years (or even sooner). If developers can figure out a way to perfect eye tracking without compromising the user experience or making movement too twitchy, then the future could arrive a lot sooner than expected.
So in the future, you might not have to move any part of your body when you’re sitting at your computer or playing video games. How much easier could life get?