Assistive tech eye tracking glasses at Denver University
There’s a general understanding that homework sucks. But what about when your homework is to develop eye tracking glasses that will enable someone paralyzed to communicate using their eyes? Now that’s something to get excited about. A group of computer science seniors at Denver University began working a year ago on a project that would bring affordable eye tracking to those who need it.
So, what’s different about their eye tracking technology compared to similar assistive technology eye trackers already out there? The main improvement is price. Current systems like Dynavox EyeMax and the Tobii PCeye can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $18,000 with all the accessories, and the goal of the Denver University students was to keep it around $100. The second difference is in the software they developed, which overcomes some limitations of existing cameras. Their software counteracts head movements that compromise the accuracy of the tracking.
This project has landed them as finalists in a national product engineering competition, justifying the number of all-nighters and year of hard work they’ve devoted to the project. Here at Eye Tracking Update, we love hearing about brilliant young engineers like these who make it their mission to improve upon existing eye tracking technologies. It’s these projects and this motivation that will take eye tracking to the next level in the future.
More information can be found in the article “DU uses eye-tracking glasses to help paralyzed.”
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