Mi­crosoft in­tro­duces Eye Con­trol fea­ture Win­dows 10 pre­view build in its lat­est

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has started test­ing a new Win­dows 10 fea­ture called Eye Con­trol which could make oper­at­ing sys­tem much more ac­ces­si­ble to those with dis­abil­i­ties.

Eye Con­trol al­lows peo­ple to use their eyes to con­trol an on-screen mouse and key­board and to op­er­ate Win­dows 10 text-to-speech func­tion­al­ity. A cam­era tracks eye move­ments to judge where the user is look­ing on the screen.

The fea­ture re­quires a com­pat­i­ble eye tracker, like the To­bii Eye Tracker 4C, which un­locks ac­cess to the Win­dows oper­at­ing sys­tem to be able to do tasks pre­vi­ously ac­com­plished us­ing a mouse and a key­board. To­bii, which tar­gets gam­ing and re­search sec­tors as well as aid­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity, said test­ing was ‘cur­rently be­ing fi­nal­ized’ for Eye Con­trol Com­pat­i­bil­ity in com­put­ers from Acer, Alien­ware, and MSi.

“Adding na­tive eye track­ing support to Win­dows 10 is a key mile­stone in our mis­sion to make this tech­nol­ogy of To­bii. “Through in­te­gra­tion with Mi­crosoft’s oper­at­ing sys­tem, it be­comes pos­si­ble over time to re­al­ize ro­bust eye track­ing im­ple­men­ta­tions that add a range of user ben­e­fits. This col­lab­o­ra­tion clearly shows the value of eye gaze in­put and is a big step for­ward on the long-term jour­ney to drive high-vol­ume adop­tion of eye track­ing.”

Though cur­rently, Mi­crosoft is only sup­port­ing To­bii, the com­pany says it is “open to work­ing with ad­di­tional hard­ware ven­dors to pro­vide cus­tomers a broader set of hard­ware op­tions to en­able this ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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