I know I have been talking about E3 a lot lately and all the great stuff that was presented there this year but, I can’t help but add this one to the lost too. This technology is amazing! It certainly deserves it’s very own article. You’ll think so too by the time you are finished reading this, and that’s a fact!
The Sentry Gaming Eye Tracker is the latest in cutting-edge gaming hardware. Even though there has been a slew of virtual control systems thrown our way the last several years, this one just may take the cake so far. A first of its kind brought to us by Tobii Technology, a company based on creating eye-tracking devices.
Eye-tracking is quickly making its mark on the gaming world and is being led by these geniuses at Tobii. No one else is offering such advanced technology. I mean sure there might be some knock-off copy cats, but Tobii seems to be the only ones knocking it out of the park and of course they are, they did it first.
Eye-tracking with this device means that you are literally controlling the game with your eyes in the same way that your controller or your mouse would. That’s pretty crazy to me! The device is a small camera bar that attaches to your monitor and interacts with your computer to track your eye movement, even if you happen to wear glasses or contacts.
Now, let’s do keep in mind that this is still in the testing stages, only compatible with 3 games or so. In the beginning, testing was less than perfect, varying from game to game but, it’s getting better and fast.
One of the games that are being used to test is a very well known game… Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, along with The Hunter: Primal, which actually received better reviews due to quality. The camera allows for a much wider panoramic view, and with Primal the ocular camera worked best during its gameplay.
Tobii originally created this device with gamers in mind. They wanted to expand the online gaming experience especially for streamers, such as myself and many of you out there, as we all professional gamers and how lucky are we that this is actually something we could get our hands on too. Exciting!!
Now, like I said this may not be the first time we’ve heard of this sort of technology. However, this is the first eye-tracker so we can expect a few hiccups along the way but, it’s so worth the wait. With an estimated price of somewhere around $150, we can’t complain too much. Let’s just make sure they straighten out those kinks before it hits the shelves. I’m expecting perfection once I get one in my hands… I’m sure you would be too.
Though aesthetically speaking, it does look very similar to the Kinect or even a PlayStation camera but… it does so much more and in no way fits in those two categories. It’s a small, slim black device that houses three sets of illuminators and a built-in motion camera. This is what tracks the movement of the eyes with the utmost precision. It has the ability to scan the eyes fifty times per second, which makes gameplay pretty on point.
By simply peeling off a set of magnetic strips and adhering them to your screen, seemingly unnoticeable, you are able to connect your devices, along with USB 3.0 cable of course…. And in the case that you might want to remove these magnetic strips, it’s super easy, and no residue is left behind. Good news for those of us that like to keep our equipment in tip-top shape.
The set-up is simple, all you have to do to collaborate is follow a bright dot with your eyes. Sounds easy enough to me! If your eyesight isn’t quite perfect, that’s totally fine… there are options to enable single-eye tracking as well.
Now, I bet after all this chit-chat about it, I’m sure you’re ready to see this thing in action… So am I! So here’s a bit of an introduction…
And of course here’s some gameplay… Assassin’s Creed style!
Well, there it is folks! Whatcha think?? I think I cannot wait to give it a go! Be sure to comment and let me know what you think of all this… Will this be the next big thing in gaming? I just might be…
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