Navigate on Facebook, Netflix or Spotify using eye-tracking technology

Some people with disabilities are unable to use their hands to operate a smartphone or computer. They are therefore deprived of many services. Tobii, leader in eye-tracking technologies (navigation followed by the movement of your eyes), has just launched a fully adapted solution, including a suite of popular apps.

Technology available on Tobii’s I-Series eye-tracking tablets

Today Tobii unveils its eye-tracking technology which should allow people with disabilities to surf the web, on a specific suite of applications. This new solution is exclusively available on the latest tablets eye-tracking I-Series from Tobii. Other devices may soon support the company’s technology.

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Among the applications accessible thanks to the movement of the eyes, we find: Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, Google Calendar, Google, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, MSN and Android Messages.

Tobii designed a solution fully adapted to navigation by eye movement. Digital ergonomics are of paramount importance, especially for people who cannot use their hands. The menus have been redesigned. They are more widely spaced and thus offer more flexibility for the user to navigate.

Delaina Parrish tested the tool developed by Tobii. She uses this technology to continue bringing her brand to life on Instagram, Fearless Independence. Victim of cerebral palsy, she ensures that:

“This new technology, which makes many applications accessible, has improved my daily productivity, my personal and professional communication channels, and my independence in general”.

Digital and accessibility

In terms of accessibility, we must admit that digital tools are not necessarily very suitable. There are a few technologies designed for the blind, such as this virtual Braille keyboard, TalkBack, designed by Google. However, to date, people who cannot use their hands do not have access to the vastness of the web. That could change thanks to Tobii.

Eye-tracking technologies are still not very widespread in 2020. In 2018, engineers from New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and the US Army Research Laboratory presented an eye system -tracking for fly a drone with eye movement. At the time, Giuseppe Loianno, an assistant professor at New York University, explained that:

“The proposed solution opens up new ways of interpreting human attention and creating new anticipatory human-robot interfaces. We would also like to study the benefits that the proposed solution can bring to people affected by bodily or eye diseases ”.