Mouse is one the most essential part of computer which make things faster to do. Pointing devices such as touchpad do the same. Now imagine if you can do that with a blink of your eye. Open your email by just looking at it and everything that you do with your mouse A researcher at Stanford can make mouse a history.
Manu Kumar, a doctoral student of Stanford had invented a technology which allows people to do basic computing tasks like highlighting text, clicking on links on a website and others by simply looking at the screen and tapping a key on keyboard.
How does GUIDe work ?
He used eye tracking hardware comprising a computer screen with a high definition camera an infrared lights and software called as Eye Point. The camera picks up the movement of of the user’s pupil and the reflection of the infrared light of the cornea, which is used as the reference point as it doesn’t move.
A person looking at the screen can , for example a link, and using a hotkey on the keyboard, can magnify it and then pinpoint to click it. What makes his approach different that other eye tracking device is its not solely based on eye movement which reduces the amount of error that can be generated .
he studied this on 20 people and found people are more convenient than using the mouse. They can point faster using his gaze based approach. About 90% of the people reported they preferred using EyePoint over mouse.
Though his technology is outstanding but the gizmo’s he made are pretty costly at the current stage. The special monitor he uses costs around $25000 USD. His technology has to improve a lot and he is testing different interfaces under his GUIDe technology so it can be beneficial for any normal user. You can check out the Stanford HIC group Publication for more detail
I would surely like to use this if it comes to public. What do you think on this? Would u go for a device like this or prefer a eye pointing device like this one or stick to mouse.