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Full Control

I can use gaze to independently communicate and control the computer

 

Learning

Learning at this step provides exposure to a wider range of communication methods. This encompasses the use of standard and specialized keyboards and distance communication tools.

The level of eye-tracking at this step opens up the user to the world, where controlling own environment, creativity and computer usage really become a reality. 

Windows Control provides the opportunity to impact the physical environment with eye-tracking too, where users can affect factors within the home such as turning on lights or the television.

Completion of this step signifies full control with eye-gaze, where communication and environmental control have been altered significantly.  

 

Communication

Communication stretches beyond the user’s immediate vicinity when tools such as Skype, Facebook, email and other distance communication tools are accessible and usable.

 

Calibration

For this step the learner needs a high quality calibration with the maximum number of calibration points. How to do the calibration can be different for different pieces of software, check out the Support & Training pages for your software for videos about calibration. 

 

Give it a Try

Practice 1: Opening Websites

 

Objective

We are learning to control and browse the internet using eye gaze.

 

Get Ready

To get up and running with this activity you will need: 

 

Let’s Go!

Following these steps makes it simpler to get going with the activity. 

  1. Connect your eye tracker / start your device.
  2. Depending on eye gaze software:
    • Open Windows Control and make sure the ordinary Left Click task is available in the Taskbar.
      • If the Left Click task is in Sticky mode (following the eye movements), start by going to Settings -> Taskbar -> Selection and turn on Tertiary Selection (unless it's already on).
      • Exit Settings and gaze at the Sticky Left Click task on the taskbar to activate the Tertiary Selection.
      • In the popup that shows, select the Left Click task.
    • Or open Classic Gaze Interaction Software.
      • In Settings, select Gaze Selection (unless already selected).
      • Exit Settings.
  3. The first step is to look at the desired task from the Taskbar. We will start by looking at the Left Click briefly to select it.
  4. When the learner gazes back at a section of the screen with Left Click activated, Windows Control will instigate a zoom function to make it easier to select the desired item.
  5. Why not try encouraging the learner to open a web browser by gazing at it? Tip: Windows can be set to open applications by a single left click, which means the user doesn't have to use the Double click function. Otherwise, the Double Click task can be used to open applications on the Desktop.
  6. When the web browser is open, the learner can navigate to any website by typing into the browser’s address bar. This can be done using the Keyboard, which is a separate task on the Taskbar that you gaze on a little longer to open.
  7. Take some time to explore different websites, click on links, play videos and do anything online that can be done with a mouse click! 

 

Note that the learner can continue to use "sticky" mode to control Windows if they like, but it's usually more comfortable and efficient to move over to the ordinary two-step selection described above to get rid of the mouse pointer continuously following the user's gaze. With ordinary two-step selection, the learner has a much larger degree of control.

 

Top Tips

Looking for extra help with the activity?

  • If you feel that accuracy is a little "off", why not try calibrating your device?
  • Encourage the learner to navigate to a website that is connected to an interest that you both share and use it as a base for a conversation.

 

Look For

If the web browser is open and a website has been navigated to then the learner has shown the skills needed to control Windows using their gaze!

 

Go Beyond Example

Here is another way to practice the skills connected with this step. 

Practice 2: Using Facebook with Windows Control

 

Objective

We are learning to use eye-gaze to communicate on Facebook.

 

Get Ready

To get up and running with this activity you will need: 

 

Let’s Go!

Following these steps makes it simpler to get going with the activity. 

  1. Follow the above instructions to get started.
  2. Encourage the learner to use Windows Control to open the web browser on their laptop or device.
  3. Use the Left Click task and the Keyboard to log in to Facebook.
  4. From the taskbar, use the Scroll, Left Click and Keyboard tasks to begin communicating through Facebook!

 

Top Tips

Looking for extra help with the activity?

  • If you feel that accuracy is a little off, why not try calibrating your device?
  • Why not try sending a Facebook message to the learner to promote communication?

 

Look For

If the learner has logged in to Facebook and is navigating their newsfeed, they have shown the skills needed to use Facebook using their gaze!

 

Keep Growing

 

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