Imagine scrolling through Web pages hands-free. Doctorate students at IT University in Copenhagen may have found a way to do this.
Since the launch of the iPhone 4S, Siri, a voice-activated response system, has been considered all the rage. Voice activation may take a back seat, however, as new technology that uses one’s eyes to activate the screen, scroll through Web pages, and play games makes its debut.
Four doctorate students at the IT University of Copenhagen presented their new software this past June at Startup Weekend, an intensive boot camp for entrepreneurs. They have since won four technology awards and founded Senseye, a technology startup company based in Copenhagen.
Consumers who read e-books on their mobile devices will be able to flip through digital pages without lifting a finger. Gamers will be able to attack virtual enemies with one swift glance. For educators, however, Senseye founders predict the technology will track what students are engaging in when reading and working on mobile device activities.
“It will know if the student is looking at the right answer, or the wrong answer. It will know if the student has difficulty reading a specific passage of text and instantly provide help for the student to understand a difficult word,” says Sune Alstrup Johansen, CEO and co-founder of Senseye. “With students being taught remotely, the teachers will be able to know if the students are paying attention to the screen or not.”
Senseye will launch its eye tracking software for Android devices in the summer of 2012 and expects to have the first mobile devices with fully integrated Senseye technology in 2013.