Friday, March 04, 2011

A Laptop that Knows Where You're Looking - Technology Review

The eyes have it

A camera over the screen is a standard feature for laptops. But only Lenovo's new model has a pair of cameras below its display to track the movements of a user's eyes.

The prototype laptop can be controlled with eye motions, reducing the need to use the mouse and making it faster to navigate through information such as maps or menus.

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Manu Kumar, who worked on eye-tracking techniques at Stanford University and now runs the seed-stage venture capital fund K9 Ventures, says that such technology, if well designed, has a lot to offer most computer users. "To computers, humans are really just a big finger; everything is based around that mode of input," he says. "Using eye tracking increases the bandwidth between the human and the computer."

A Laptop that Knows Where You're Looking - Technology Review

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