Microsoft Windows Will Soon Have Eye Tracking Technology


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced at the company's most recent hackathon that an eye-tracking technology called Eye Control will be integrated into the operating system, in order to make PCs more accessible to people unable to use a mouse and keyboard.

The feature is now only available with select Tobii hardware and on the EN-US keyboard layout, but additional hardware vendors and layouts will be added in future updates.

Borne out of a Microsoft hackathon challenge inspired by former National Football League player Steve Gleason, who suffers from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Eye Control enables disabled users with compatible eye tracker devices to operate Windows 10 PCs through gaze alone.

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Since the feature was just confirmed a day ago, it is still in the beta phase and for now, it only works with EN-US keyboard layout.

Currently, Microsoft is concentrating on developing and supporting Tobii hardware.

Eye Control displays a launchpad on the screen that you can interact with. This feature will use the default text-to-speech voices, which can be changed in Settings Time & Language Speech Text-to-speech.

"With eye tracking, devices can better understand our intentions, a key ability in creating truly natural human-computer interaction", Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech, said in a statement.

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