IN COLLABORATION with Lenovo, Tobii Technology will reveal its prototype laptop with integrated eye tracking control today at the CeBIT trade show in Germany.
The gaze following technology that the firm has developed is not a bid to send the keyboard and mouse to the scrapheap but to complement them and add to the intuitiveness of user interaction with computers.
Tobii Technology said that tracking the user's gaze will allow the computer to make suggestions or perform functions depending on what you're looking at on the screen.
The computer will apparently show you the taskbar when you look at the bottom of the screen, provide you with an explanation of a word if you hesitate on it whilst reading and centre a picture around your view point when you zoom in.
The list goes on, claiming that you will be able to switch between windows faster, automatically scroll when reading documents and automatically dim the screen when you're not looking at it.
In computer games the eye tracking will allegedly enable you to aim with your eyes and in-game characters that you interact with will be able to give you genuine eye contact.
It remains to be seen how well this technology works, so the INQUIRER will try to have a go with it at CeBIT this week and tell you what it's really like. µ