Launching in the fall of 2017 - Microsoft Eye Control, compatible with Tobii Eye Tracking Technology
Tobii Dynavox is beyond excited that Tobii’s eye tracking technology will be compatible with Microsoft Eye Control, Microsoft's newest standard input method in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 update. Now part of one of the largest operating systems in the world, Tobii Dynavox is proud to have a greater opportunity to expand access solutions to people living with disabilities giving them the power to participate in their communities, attend school, join the workforce, and so much more. This Windows update reflects both Microsoft and Tobii Dynavox’s commitment to accessibility and continuous improvement of user experience regardless of ability.
With the upcoming Windows 10 updates, our users can now have peace of mind and will no longer have to worry about compatibility issues with their new Windows enabled devices and Tobii Dynavox eye trackers. Every Windows 10 device will be pre-configured to use a Tobii Dynavox eye tracker (PCEye Mini, PCEye Plus, EyeMobile Plus and I-Series+ compatibility coming soon), from the start, as a critical lifeline and means to communicate. Software supports include Communicator 5, Windows Control, and Gaze Viewer (Snap + Core First coming soon). In addition, our sincere hope with this update is it will provide insight to those who may potentially benefit from the numerous accessibility benefits eye tracking can provide but may never have been exposed to.
While Tobii Dynavox has been pioneering the application of eye tracking for both accessibility and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) for years, Microsoft’s announcement marks a major milestone in the adoption of eye tracking as a fundamental computer interaction technology. With more users interacting with eye tracking, it will be viewed less as a disability technology and more as a valuable input method for all Windows users. This is a huge benefit as it will bring a sense of normalcy to our existing users, including those with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), MND (motor neuron disease), cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Rett syndrome, and traumatic brain injury who rely on eye tracking technology to communicate and navigate life.
Looking ahead, our focus is to ensure that both our current and new generations of eye tracking devices and software will be compatible with Eye Control in Windows. The Windows 10 update is a huge leap forward for the community that we serve and is truly a momentous event for the AAC industry – Tobii Dynavox is honored to be a part of it!
To read the official Tobii press release, please click here.
If you would like to learn more about eye tracking and what it will mean on Windows, check out “Eye Tracking + Windows 10”, a post on the Tobii blog.
In addition, we've created a FAQ section to answer all your questions along with some helpful compatibility tables. Click here to go to the FAQ page.