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The Eye Tribe wants to create the first eye-controlled tablet

A Danish company is working on a project that will enable users to control their smartphones and tablets using nothing but their eyes.
December 17, 2012
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Have you ever wondered what the next major input method for smartphones and other devices will be? Well, if this Danish company, The Eye Tribe, is able to achieve its goal, the next big thing might be your gaze.

The Eye Tribe is working to build a software that would allow users to interact with their mobile devices just by looking at them. The startup’s work has already enabled it to raise $800,000 in seed funding from European investors, but the company has now got its big break.

The Eye Tribe has announced the launch of a $4.4 million project over three years, that will put its eye-control system on smartphones and tablets. Out of the $4.4 million, $2.3 million was provided by the Danish National Advanced Foundation, a Danish government foundation. The foundation will not take an equity stake in the company.

Other partnering companies include the University of Copenhagen, DTU Informatics, LEGO, and Serious Games Interactive. The Eye Tribe’s CEO said in a statement that “by having partners such as LEGO and Serious Games Interactive we not only prove that eye tracking can be integrated in a mobile device, but we also make sure that we have the necessary use cases to show that the technology is useful.”

The Eye Tribe’s technology can be used on a larger scale and in many other devices than just smartphones. The possibilities are truly limitless. Here’s a demo video of the technology:

Formerly known as Senseye, The Eye Tribe aims to release a software development kit (SDK) for developers of games and apps next year. The company is looking at several possible use cases for its technology, including a more secure way of logging into mobile devices, eye controlled games for education purposes, and automatic scrolling without touching the screen.