RSS LinkedIn Google Plus

Call us: 0800 014 9884

Eye-controlled television unveiled

Eye-controlled_television_unveiled_11771

Gaze TV looks to the future

A television that can be controlled using the human eye has been unveiled at Berlin’s IFA trade show.

The prototype, created by Chinese electronics company Haier and Swedish technology firm Tobii, is called Gaze TV, and works by tracking the movements of the eyes, which allows the user to perform standard functions such as volume control and channel changing.

They can do this by staring at the bottom of the screen, which brings up a menu in much the same way as television remote controls do now. They can then select the icon that they want by altering the direction of their gaze and blinking.

It is thought this invention may compete with other up-and-coming alternatives to hand-held remote controls, such as voice commands or hand signals. However, as yet none of these ideas have been developed successfully enough to consider putting them on the market.

Eye-control could spread to other functions

This concept was originally developed by Tobii with the aim of assisting disabled people with operating computers. There are plans for similar designs that would allow menu screens to be brought up using the eyes in places such as hospitals and cars, while the technology is unsurprisingly also being considered for video games.

However, at present the high cost of the equipment means it is not a viable commercial option. That said, Tobii hopes to have one of these eye-controlled products on the market by 2013, although whether this will be Gaze TV or not remains to be seen. If it is, the device could potentially be a strong competitor for recently released sets such as Google TV.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: “We’ve all endured the frustration of losing the remote, so a television you can control with your eyes will certainly appeal to many people. If they can iron out the glitches and create a more affordable product, there’s no reason why this idea shouldn’t take off.”

Written by James Riches

Testimonials

theEword understand our market dynamics

~ Lees Solicitors ~

  Lees Solicitors

"theEword are scrupulously honest and hardworking"

~ Britannia Living ~

  Britannia Living

"theEword consistently go above and beyond"

~ Merlin Entertainments ~

  Merlin Entertainments

"They are so creative, they come up with so many fantastic ideas"

~ Manchester Law Society ~

  Manchester Law Society

View more of our testimonials »

March UK search market: Google halts Bing’s recent rise Wednesday 8th of April, 2015by James Riches Google’s UK search market share rose for the first time in five months during March. Elsewhere, Google announced some key developments and lots of us searched for Jeremy Clarkson news.

More on this story »

Bing implements one small change and one big change Tuesday 14th of April, 2015by Dan Moores Over the past week, Bing has implemented two changes. One appears to be directly influenced by Google, while the other demonstrates independent thinking and creativity.

More on this story »

April UK search market share: Bing revival stutters again Tuesday 5th of May, 2015by James Riches Bing’s mini-revival in the UK search market appears to have stalled, with data from StatCounter Global Stats showing a second consecutive monthly loss.

More on this story »
theEword - 10 hours ago

Learn about how to do #digitalmarketing from an award winning agency in #Manchester > http://t.co/E07D9JRodH http://t.co/XtR9adIgOz

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 15 hours ago

Is your website mobile friendly? > http://t.co/JCg7AmvJJh http://t.co/CdXqsPUDNo

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 1 day ago

Content writing tip: Add lots of action > http://t.co/awmXtkIXtX http://t.co/W1NGMAE3Nz

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 1 day ago

Are you interested in learning about #digitalmarketing? Check out our Eworkshops > http://t.co/0NVix3XPsO http://t.co/xXusS1KD5J

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 1 day ago

Animated carousel or static banner. What's best for your website? #CRO http://t.co/36tonGGasd http://t.co/kSoOwJnEhl

Reply Retweet Favourite

Five tips: how to write clear web copy Thursday 2nd of April, 2015by Dan Moores A lot of web copy is unclear and needlessly complicated. It can actually damage your sales because it helps no-one. Here are five ways to make your web copy clear and engaging.

More on this story »

Google joins theEword to demystify digital marketing Monday 27th of April, 2015by Andy Williams Google joined us to help dispel some common marketing myths at our Discovering & Demystifying Digital event held in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Find out more.

More on this story »

Who loves theEword

Who loves theEword Who loves theEword