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Tobii, NTT DoCoMo eye-tracking tablet to debut next month

updated 03:26 pm EDT, Wed September 19, 2012

Prototype ibeam uses eyes for navigation

A tablet concept with embedded eye-tracking is being prepared for its first public demonstration. The ibeam, a collaboration between NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu, and Tobii Technology, is an Android tablet with Tobii's IS20 sensor that can detect where eyes are looking at, and then perform the action being focussed on by the user.

Although more a proof-of-concept prototype than a full product, the ibeam is meant to be an example of how eye-tracking technology could be used in the future. Building upon multitouch, location-awareness and gyroscopes, "By introducing eye tracking in prototypes like this, we hope to bring about another surge in creativity," said Tobii CEO Henrik Eskilsson. He claims that eye-tracking applictions are much more responsive to a user's attention, and could create new interaction possibilities for applications and games.

The ibeam tablet prototype will make its debut at CEATEC in Tokyo, October 2nd to 6th, and will also be seen at CES next year. Tobii currently sells and rents gaze interaction development kits to developers and manufacturers interested in the technology. [via Engadget]





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