The real Eyephone: Danish researchers reveal software to control a phone and tablet just by LOOKING at it

By | October 27, 2012

A Danish company hopes to clinch deals with major mobile phone and tablet makers after developing software that enables users to control their devices by moving their eyes.

‘You can use it for basic control, such as turning to the next page in an e-book, and playing games with your eyes,’ chief executive and co-founder of The Eye Tribe, Sune Alstrup Johansen, said.

The software uses infrared light reflected from the pupil of the eye, which is recorded by the device’s camera, enabling users to scroll or click on their screens with their eyes.

When you are reading an e-book and get to the bottom of the page, the software will know to turn to the next page, or if you look away from the screen it will dim it.

The Eye Tribe is made up of four PhD students who founded the company a year ago. They received $800,000 (615,000 euros) in funding in August to develop the technology.

The company plans to release the technology at no cost to other software developers early next year, Alstrup Johansen said.

‘We are releasing software developing kits to developers so they can actually start developing applications. We intend to give it away, it won’t cost anything,’ he said.

‘We do not intend to develop all apps ourselves, we are allowing the (software) community to develop apps,’ he said.

Alstrup Johansen said Eye Tribe aims to get their software integrated in the hardware of big tablet producers, so consumers can buy a tablet with the software and then download apps that run with the eye control technology.

The Eye Tribe aims to earn money from licensing fees from companies producing the hardware or platforms, such as Apple, Samsung, Google or Microsoft.

Cameras on current mobile devices still need to be connected to a small unit with an infrared camera to work with the software, but Alstrup Johansen said next-generation devices would very likely be able to use the software.
via The real Eyephone: Danish researchers reveal software to control a phone and tablet just by LOOKING at it | Mail Online.

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