Designed to assist individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities live more fulfilled lives, the Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini is a revolutionary eye-tracking device that allows users to operate their computers without a mouse or a keyboard. The hands-free eye tracker uses state-of-the-art gaze interaction technology to surf the web, post on social media sites, communicate with others via Skype, and download spreadsheets.
The PCEye Mini uses Tobii’s proprietary IS4 eye tracking platform to seamlessly navigate the Web in the most ergonomically sound way possible. Gaze technology gives users access to their computer without compromising one’s neck or shoulders. Capable of attaching or detaching to any computer, young or old, the simple magnetic mounting bracket makes the PCEye mini highly-portable. Since PCEye uses the Tobii EyeChip – the world’s first eye trading ASIC circuit – it doesn’t need your computer’s processor to operate its powerful gaze technology. The PCEye Mini is a self-sustaining device and unlike most computer accessories, does not slow down your computer or drain its power.
From artistic expression to controlling smart devices, the PCEye Mini reestablishes independence for those with physical and cognitive disabilities. Whether you want to control your Philips Hue lights, telephone, smart TV, Nest thermostat or Sonos speakers, the PCEye tracking technology is capable of operating IoT devices with a blink of an eye. Ideal for those with inflicted with ALS or Cerebral Palsy, the Tobii eye tracker has an intuitive trackbox that allows you to move your heading without losing accuracy or interrupting the eye tracking session. You’re able to sit or lie down comfortably while maintaining eye tracking performance.
According to the Tobii’s website, “The PCEye Mini, with zoom functionality of gaze selection, allows you to hit the smallest targets on the screen with pixel precision.” Whether your ambition is to return back to work or simply interacting with family members using social media networks, gaze interaction technology is an assisted communication platform designed to empower its users. To better understand how eye tracking works, here is a glimpse at the technology-in-action:
1. The eye tracker sends out near infrared light
2. The light is reflected in our eyes
3. Those reflections are pulled up by the eye tracker’s cameras
4. Through filtering and calculations, the eye tracker knows where you are looking
After a comprehensive calibration where the user must follow a point moving across the screen, PCEye Mini becomes a powerful navigational platform. Gaze technology gives users the ability to click by blinking, click via focusing your eyes on a specific area, and clicking the screen by gazing where you want to click and then pressing a switch.
With over 800 subjects tested in various situations – whether it’s different types of conditions, ethnicities, vision capabilities, eye blemishes, wearing contacts lenses/glasses, etc. – 95% of the users reported high-quality eye tracking results. The PCEye Mini differentiates itself with its extremely accurate 3D modeling of the human eye. The platform tries to understand each person’s unique physical eye shape and in turn, is able to integrate its technology for seamless navigation.