Eye Controled Gaze TV

We went from TVs, to HDTV, to 3DTVs, to Smart TVs which combine all the previous technologies.

Rather than TVs just becoming bigger and slimmer, TVs are certainly becoming a whole lot “Smarter”. Along with delivering us a whole host of Internet connected media streaming services, and games, they way we control these TVs are also changing.

Along with the standard remote, many new smart TVs now come with a “Smart Remote” and either feature a full mini keyboard on the rear, or even a trackpad like we reviewed in the Samsung ES7000 series.

At the start of the year, Samsung took this to a new level with their “Smart Interaction” feature. Which uses a mounted webcam and microphones allowing you to control the TV with your voice, or even using your hands, in a Kinect style. You can even play Angry Birds via gesture control!

Gaze TV

Gaze TV

While this is certainly very advanced, and available on the higher end Samsung 2012 Smart HDTVs, a new technology which could be coming our way makes things even easier.

A “Gaze TV” offers eye-tracking technology allowing you to control your Smart TV with your eyes alone. Tobii a Swedish company already offer this technology for computers, and are now showing off the technology on a HDTV over at IFA 2012.

You can control the Smart TV by staring at the top of bottom of the screen which will activate a user interface. This pop-up interface will then allow you to change the volume, change channel and a host of other functions by simply looking at the icons on the screen.

BBC say that the device sits between the TV and the user, and tracks the users eye movements and blinks. It has to be calibrated to each user before hands for best results.

This technology reminds me of an older Sony camcorder I used to own. Which had a feature which could tell where you were looking at through the eye piece and would set the focus to that area, rather than the center. This worked very well, but was killed off by the advance of LCD view panels.

I’m not sure how well this technology would work in the real world. But it certainly is interesting.

What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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