CES is almost upon us and will be great to see what we can look forward to in 2013, but it does seem funny that some tech that was showcased at last years event has yet to be released to the market. Take eye-tracking technology for Windows 8 laptops and desktops for example, we were treated to the Gaze UI interface during CES 2012, but has yet to fully take off. However, Tobii has developed Rex, and while consumers will have to wait until later this year for its release, the system is available to developers today for $995.
Okay, so this isn’t the news that we had been hoping for, but at least it’s another step closer to being able to control Windows 8 enabled laptops and desktops with our pupils. However, we’re told that we should not put our mouse away just yet or forget about our keyboard or touchpad, as REX is said to help assist the current controls that we use.
As we said above there are already such systems, but because these are mainly used as assistive technology most consumers are not interested. However, because the REX eye-tracking system is designed to work in conjunction with the keyboard, trackpad and mouse, we are certain that it will have more success with mainstream consumers.
Tobii is hoping to have at least 5,000 units of their eye-tracking system, which is said to be the size of a pen, before the end of 2013. There has been some concern over such technology in the past, as some people were worried that they would make a selection but were just looking at a dirt spec on the screen instead. However, because this is just an add-on and the use of a mouse and keyboard are still required, we are sure that such things will not be an issue.