Eyes on with Tobii’s gaming eye-monitoring engine and SteelSeries prototype hardware (up to date)

Eyes on with Tobii's gaming eye-tracking engine and SteelSeries prototype hardware (updated)

Tobii’s getting critical about bringing eye monitoring to players the world over. Days in the past, the corporate introduced a partnership with SteelSeries to construct a brand new sensor bar (nonetheless in improvement) and its EyeX engine meant to convey eye monitoring to extra video games in 2014. At this time at CES, we obtained to see a non-functioning prototype of that SteelSeries the EyeX dev package hardware (seen in our gallery under) and check out EyeX enjoying Deus Ex. As a little bit of background, the EyeX engine was launched a month in the past, and utilizing Tobii’s SDK and APIs to implement it, devs can mix gaze controls with common mouse, keyboard and touchpad inputs to offer new gaming consumer experiences.

Our demo utilizing the Tobii REX sensor, was a bit tough, provided that the sport was operating at a startlingly low body fee for some cause, and the system hadn’t been calibrated to our eyeballs resulting from time constraints. Nonetheless, we might see the potential for the know-how, because it permits for quicker in-recreation navigation. For instance, the EyeX middleware permits for builders to overlay fast menus on prime of the sport display at a contact of a button, and also you make your choice by merely wanting on the icon you need. Moreover, the management for aiming down the sights merely required closing one eye, whereas squatting or wanting round corners was completed by shifting our head up and down or aspect to aspect. In apply, the menu choice was the smoothest and most correct implementation, whereas the character actions have been far much less dependable — they labored in about two out of three makes an attempt. In fact, you do not have to take our phrase for it, you’ll be able to see for your self within the video after the break.

Replace: The sensor bar pictured under is just not a product of the SteelSeries partnership, it is truly a prototype of the forthcoming EyeX developer package sensor.

Richard Lai contributed to this report.

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Tobii eye-monitoring system arms-on at CES 2014

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