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CES 2012: Tobii is the device of the future that lets you control Windows 8 with just your eyes

With your eyes? Poppycock, you say. While Windows 8 is built with swiping in mind, Tobii is a device that lets you make your way around anything in the OS by just looking at it. Well that sounds like it wouldn’t work that well. But according to Gizmodo, it works just like magic.

Tobii’s eye control device, which looks like a horizontal rectangle glass obelisk attached to the hinge of the laptop, is incredibly accurate. The system requires a personal calibration test before you use it and some unique finger movements (akin to a smartphone), but once you get settled in, it’s simply stunning. It’s sniper accurate, Tobii never missed my target by more than a few pixels. It’s lightning quick, I couldn’t even say my next move fast enough because Tobii had recognized my eyesight already glanced away. And it can control all the swipe gestures available in Windows 8.

There was also an option to play an Asteroids-like game with Tobii and everything that’s impressive about Tobii translates there too. The head movement tracking aspect of the game was a little odd but I can’t get over how accurate its eye tracking ability was. Look and zap. Look and zap.

Tobii is as amazing as multitouch once was, as impressive as the Wii once was and the Kinect is now and a natural evolution of “the future”. I felt like I was using fairy tale tech in a generation defining sci-fi movie rather than sitting in a plastic chair next to smelly people in a hall riddled with crappy gadgets that have no reason to exist. I don’t know how successful Tobii will be in the mainstream market but it’s this kind of technology that reminds me why I loved technology in the first place.

Watch the video of Tobii in action here


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