Sep 6, 2013

Eye Tribe Eye Tracker Dev Kit, $99; Open Source ITU Gaze Tracker Grows Up!

The Eye Tribe Eye Tracker developer kit is available for pre-order for $99.00. The kit comes with an SDK with C++, C#, and Java, full source code included.  

I've been waiting for a while to see this happen! 

The Eye Tribe Eye Tracker is an outgrowth of the work of a group of researchers at the IT University of Copenhagen.  At the time, it was known as the open-source ITU Gaze Tracker. 
I came across it a few years ago in a NUI-Group forum, and later wrote a post about it when the 2.0 version was released. 

Although the Eye Tribe Tracker was originally developed to meet the needs of people with disabilities who could not access computers, it was found to have potential for a number of other uses that were not really possible before the spread of mobile technologies such as touch-screen tablets and smart phones. 

To get a better understanding of eye-gaze/tracking technology, take a look at the following videos and follow the related links.

Below is a demonstration of the gaze UI on an Android smartphone:

Here is another look at this technology running on a Windows 8 Tablet:

The Eye Tribe (website)
Eye Tribe starts taking pre-orders for $99 Windows eye tracker
Senseye will let you control your mobile phone with your eyes
Martin Bryant, The Next Web, 12/2/11
Open-source Eye-tracking: The ITU Gaze Tracker 2.0 Beta Via Martin Tull, NUI-Group Member
Lynn Marentette, Interactive Multimedia Technology, 11/1/10
ITU GazeGroup
Gaze Tracker Development
GazeGroup Forum
Martin Tall

Eye Tribe was formally known as Senseye. Below is an earlier video that shows how it worked with a web-cam on a mobile device:

Open-Source ITU Gaze Tracker

ITU Gaze Tracker from ITUcph on Vimeo.

Earlier Videos of the ITU Gaze Tracker:
Technical Demonstration 

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