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15 Mar 2013

Cheap eye control for all?

With the Galaxy S4 smartphone about to hit the High Streets, and with it the promise of eye control, you'd have thought that SpecialEffect Director Mick Donegan might be less than enthusiastic about a mobile phone stealing the limelight from one of his charity's perceived wow-factors. But Mick couldn't be happier.

"I'm absolutely delighted," he said. "The more mainstream this technology becomes, the cheaper it'll get, and more people will potentially benefit. As a charity our focus is on helping individuals, regardless of the technology required, and this can can only be good news. The cost of eye gaze kit has been dropping recently but it's still prohibitive for many people with disabilities, so we're very encouraged to see new developments such as the Samsung and Tobii's collaboration with Fujitsu and NTT DoCoMo on an eye-gaze tablet. All of the team here are looking forward to putting the Galaxy through its paces."

SpecialEffect use specialised eye control technology as part of their work in helping people of all disabilities to play computer games. One beneficiary is Isaac (below) who can't use a standard games controller with his hands. Here he's using his eyes to control Dirt3, courtesy of a TM4 gaze controller linked to the AltController software, developed by Tim Brogden in partnership with SpecialEffect.

There's more from Mick about eye-awareness in the Galaxy, plus reaction from games developers, in the Guardian Online article on 15 March.

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