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  • Have you tried eye-gaze technology?

    Posted by alyssa-silva on June 10, 2024 at 11:44 am

    Apple recently released a statement announcing all the new technology coming this year. One thing on my radar was the iPad’s eye gaze feature. 

    I’ve never used eye-gaze technology before simply because I haven’t needed to. However, due to my limited mobility, I cannot use an iPad, so eye-gaze interests me. 

    Have you ever used eye gaze technology in general? Does it strain your eyes using it? 

    Staring at my laptop while I work makes my eyes tired and sometimes gives me headaches. 

    Does eye gaze cause the same problems?

    yuri replied 1 month, 1 week ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • robert-stump

    June 11, 2024 at 10:30 pm

    I’m very intrigued on how Apple is going to get this to work with just the front facing camera, because most real eye gazing technology utilizes infrared transmitters and receivers to reflect the invisible light from your eyeballs and triangulate the location on the screen you are looking at. Until now, precise control was not possible with just a regular normal light camera, so I am wondering just how good this will perform, especially on something the size of an iPhone. That is, unless they developed some unique way for more precise control using AI and perhaps off screen targets for your eyes to navigate.

    Either way, your question was about eyestrain I think? Yes that is a real issue for the limited times I actually used the Infrared version for any real length of time. My new wheelchair has driving via eye gaze as an option, I have used it to drive around somewhere for about 3 hours straight and my eyes were very very tired afterwards. I hear that it is better with more usage, I guess like training any other muscle?

    • alyssa-silva

      June 13, 2024 at 1:15 pm

      That’s probably true. I imagine the more I’d use it, the more I’d get accustomed to it.

      How does eye gaze work with your wheelchair? Sounds pretty awesome.

      • yuri

        June 13, 2024 at 3:15 pm

        It doesn’t work in sunlight, i.e., outdoors, so it’s far from awesomeness.

        Regarding iPad: I use voice control for both iPhone and iPad. It’s very inconvenient but better than nothing.

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