Gaze-Tracker Lets People Drag Computer Files With Their Eyes

Gaze-Tracker Lets People Drag Computer Files With Their Eyes

The Eye Drop concept lets users move content across screens just by looking at the intended device.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 19 february 2014

Developed by a team at Lancaster University in the UK, Eye Drop is a content transfer concept that allows people to move content between screens just by gazing at them.

The system, which was developed by Jayson Turner, Andreas Bulling, Jason Alexander, and Hans Gellersen, features a head-mounted eye tracker that tracks what the user is looking at on the screen. Pressing a key selects the object the user is looking at, and the user can move the content to another device just by gazing at the second device. The content can be moved as long as the two devices are connected wirelessly.

The system takes off from the fact that the eyes naturally focus on content that the person desires, and the research envisions a hands-free double screen experience.

In their paper, the research team described potential applications for the system like transferring contact information or interactive maps from a public display to a personal phone or tablet, copying content during a presentation, sharing and saving photos, and querying information during a lecture or a film showing.

Eye Drop was presented at the Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia in Luleå, Sweden last December 2013.


Jayson Turner

Source: New Scientist

Images: Jayson Turner


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