|In the eye of the player|
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 14:56
If you are already worried about your significant other/child/friend sitting in a dark room all day playing computer games, things may be getting much, much worse. The Imperial College students have created a spectacle-controller, encourporating eye-track movement technology.
Costing around about R270 to produce, the specs are already being used to play Pong. The infra-red eye track sensor is combined with a webcam to pick up the players eye movements and then send them through to the computer where they are put through synchronisation software and turned into movement in the game.
"We hope it could ultimately provide entertainment options for people who have very little movement. In the future, people might be able to blink to turn pages in an electronic book, or switch on their favourite song, with the roll of an eye." says supervisor Dr Aldo Faisal.
Of couse the tech isn't limitted to those with disabilities but will also be useful for the extremely lazy or extremely competitive (eyes move much faster than fingers after all).
The good news is that the team aim to make this technology open source.
"We hope to eventually make the technology available online so anyone can have a go at creating new applications and games with it " says Dr Faisal.
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