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Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 11:47 AM

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Soon you might be able to control your mobile phone by just looking at it.
A Danish startup company is developing software that allows users to control their mobile phone or tablet simply by looking at the device’s front-facing camera, according to TheNextWeb.com.

With seed money from European investors nearing $800,000, Copenhagen-based Eye Tribe, founded by four doctorate students in Denmark, is scaling its eye-tracking technology for the mass market.

“Eye control is going to be the next big thing for interaction with smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices like the upcoming Google glasses,” Sune A. Johansen, CEO and co-founder of The Eye Tribe, told The NextWeb.com. “This investment will help us get on the top of that wave.”

Here’s how it works, according to Eye Tribe: “The image captured by the front-facing camera of the smartphone or tablet is analyzed using computer-vision algorithms. Our software can then determine the location of the eyes and estimate where you’re looking on the screen with an accuracy good enough to know which icon you’re looking at.”

The technology would enable users to use scrolling screens, news, and webpages intuitively, along with video games.

The first device with eye-tracking support will be available to consumers next year, the website reported.



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