Technology should provide powerful human experiences by tapping into our senses. That's what eye tracking does. It's a sciency process, but with an emotional reward.
Eye tracking lets your device know where you're visually focused, giving you an extra input mode when it comes to gaming. It also makes interaction feel more real. Your experience becomes richer and your instincts extend into the game itself. All this made possible by illuminators and sensors that calculate your gaze point on your device's screen.
So how does eye tracking work exactly?
If you watch the video below you can find out more about eye tracking and how it's beneficial for gaming. This video was originally made for our Gamer Affiliate Program which is no longer active.
Eye tracking in games
In Tobii Tech we're mainly focusing on gaming where we have 4 focal points. Eye tracking in gaming is a game-changer, but not a replacement. Just as your hands operate the mouse, gamepad, and keyboard - your eye movement is now also included as an input mode. Natural actions and reactions like aiming, taking cover or panning your gaze are now possible with minimal effort.
Dynamic Depth of Field
Dynamic Light Exposure
With the game knowing where your gaze point is it'll know more about your instincts and intentions and it will complement your gameplay effortlessly. Imagine this, you're playing a game where you're standing in the middle of a field and you're looking up to the sky and the lighting actually adjusts to where you're looking without having to give your computer input by moving your mouse towards the sky.
Cover at Gaze
Secondary Weapon at Gaze
Select at Gaze
Fire at Gaze
Aim at Gaze
You spot an enemy and you need to get into a good position where you can take a shot at him. So, just look for the best spot for cover and when you're looking at it, just go. The game has the information to know where you're looking and can just go to the spot you are focusing on rather than you having to bring the center of the in-game camera to go to that spot. Way more intuitive right? It makes life a little bit easier.
Imagine being in a game where your environment can react to your gaze. If you have eye contact with someone they might start talking to you. If games know where you're looking, they could also make use of that in a way that they can try to scare you. Imagine looking into a mirror and all of a sudden it cracks, just because you were looking at it. So with eye tracking, you can have different items, objects and NPCs react in certain ways based on where you're looking. In horror games, it might not be for the faint-hearted.
With our Infinite Screen features, you can easily look around in all directions. This is an immersive experience if you play a lot of simulator games where you're driving or flying in first-person view. With Extended View you can get eye tracking and head tracking in combination which allows you to make small movements as well as larger movements. Head tracking allows you to move the in-game camera very quickly from left to right and at the same time, you can make smaller movements with eye tracking. By using Extended View you will have better situational awareness by using a natural way of looking around while you're in control of a vehicle.