De Montfort Develops Eye Controlled Videogame Tech

Researchers at De Montfort university have developed a method of playing a videogame by eye, an essential control method for disabled youngsters.

Eye control “adds a whole new level of intelligence to games”, says research leader Stephen Vickers, who has been working on a low-cost system which could bring previously unplayable games to those that can’t operate a traditional controller or keyboard.

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They will be able to “push” buttons and direct a character by looking at different points on the screen, say the BBC. “In a spaceship game, he says players can fire a gun by staring at a button.”

The system uses an infrared light that works out where people are looking, and can measure focus (to, for example, ‘click’ a button).

“The characters will walk where you are looking. It’s much more natural to use and enjoy. It adds a whole new level of intelligence for games,” says Vickers.

Source: BBC.

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10 Comments

  1. Cool. :)

  2. My sis went to de montfort uni, which the students at the time referred to as demon fart! Anyway, this eye tech sounds good on paper and could be awesome .

  3. I went to DMU as well :)

  4. Sounds good on paper but what if you have the attention span of a…ooh squirrel! Looking away could prove fatal on CoD!
    We’ll have to wait and see…

  5. This is well interesting, hope they release it for the public

  6. It sounds crap for gaming.. Could have endless possibilities in other areas though…

  7. i’ve seen this tech used in market research for supermarkets before, they get somebody wearing a device that can tell where the person’s looking, they can tell what displays are more eye catching or something.

    and i’m sure i read about the military using it as well, to try to simplify the controls for pilots in combat.

    the tech has been around for a while, i’m surprised it’s taken this long for applications like this.

    i guess it’s not as profitable area as market research or war.

    anyway, it’s a good idea, it could give those with varying degrees of mobility a lot more control over anything that could be controlled by a computer with tech like this.

    • Is it not used in apache helicopters? A very much watered down version but I thought they had tech similar to this in them.

    • I recall, a good number of years ago, that NASA trialled eye control on dashboards for space rocket pilots but they canned the idea when they realized that the shaking and massive g-forces were making the astronauts look all over the place.

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