Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gaze-controlled drone

From Alexandre Alapetite and John Paulin Hansen, who I previously did an eye controlled robot with, comes a demo that shows gaze control of a drone. The user´s gaze is determined by an eye tracking apparatus (Alea technology) situated below the display. The drone will fly in the direction that people are looking. The operator is located near the drone. However, he could be situated anywhere, even hundreds of miles away. Gaze Controlled Flying was presented as an interactive demo at the NordiChi 2012 conference, October 16, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Cool guys!

European Conference on Eye Movements 2013 announced

The European Conference on Eye Movements 2013 will be held in Lund, Sweden, from August 11th to 16th 2013. ECEM is the largest and oldest eye tracking conference in the world. The conference webpage is now public: http://ecem2013.eye-movements.org/

Next year’s conference will include four panel discussions, 9 keynote speakers and a large number of sessions of 4 to 6 talks. We also include pre-conference methods workshops taught by top experts in the field on diverse topics related to eye movements and eye tracking, open to all researchers at every level, and to members of industry, running from the 7th to 10th August. You can see a list of these topics and the teachers here: http://ecem2013.eye-movements.org/workshops.
Important dates include the following:
  • Oct 15, 2012: Submission of proposals and abstracts will open.
  •  Jan 15, 2013: Deadline for proposals for symposia.
  • Feb 25, 2013: Notification on acceptance for symposia.
  • March 1, 2013: Deadline for 2-page extended abstract for talks and 200 word abstracts for posters.
  • April 1, 2013: Registration opens.
  • April 15, 2013: Notification on acceptance for talks and posters.
  • May 1, 2013: Last day for reduced registration fee.
Organising committee
  • Conference Chairs: Kenneth Holmqvist and Arantxa Villanueva
  • Conference Organiser: Fiona Mulvey
  • Scientific Board: Halzska JarodzkaIgnace HoogeRudolf Groner and Päivi Majaranta
  • Exhibition Chairs: John Paulin Hansen and Richard Andersson
  • Method Workshop Organisers: Marcus Nyström and Dan Witzner Hansen
  • Web Masters: Nils Holmberg and Detlev Droege
  • Proceedings Editors: Roger Johansson and Richard Dewhurst
  • Registration Managers: Kerstin Gidlöf and Linnéa Larsson
  • Student Volunteer Managers: Linnéa LarssonRichard Dewhurst and Kerstin Gidlöf
  • Social Program Organisers: Richard AnderssonJana Holsanova and Kerstin Gidlöf
  • Conference chairs and organiser: management at/på/an ecem2013.eye-movements.org
  • Exhibition: exhibition at/på/an ecem2013.eye-movements.org
  • Method workshops: workshops at/på/an ecem2013.eye-movements.org
  • The web page: webmaster at/på/an ecem2013.eye-movements.org

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fujitsu tablet and monitor

Today the first public demonstrations of the Fujitsu/Docomo/Tobii tablet came online, all from the CEATEC 2012 expo in Japan. The prototype tablet, called iBeam, is designed by Fujitsu for Docomo and contains an eye tracking module from Swedish Tobii, namely the IS-20 which was introduced earlier this year. The form factor appears a bit on the large size with a bump towards the edge where the eye tracking module is placed, sort of looks like a tablet inside another case. On the software side the tablet is running Android where a gaze marker is overlaid on the interface. Selection is performed using simple dwell activation which is known for being both stressful and error-prone. The sample apps contains the usual suspects, panning of photos and maps, scrolling browser and image viewer. Pretty neat for a prototype.

Fujitsu also demonstrated a LCD monitor with an eye tracking camera system embedded while the actual gaze estimation algorithms are running on an embedded Windows computer. This display is not using the Tobii IS20 but a system developed by Fujitsu themselves which is stated to be low-cost. Question is why they didn't use this for the tablet. From what I can tell it does not provide the same level of accuracy, it appears to be a rough up/down, left/right type of gaze estimation which explains why the demo apps only handles panning of maps and images.

Panasonic in-flight eye control demo

From the APEX 2012 here's a video where Steve Sizelove from Panasonic demonstrates their eye and gesture control systems for future in-flight entertainment systems. Even if this is a futuristic concept it is clear that Panasonic is pushing the envelope on in-flight systems. Their X-series system is state-of-the-art, just take a look at the upcoming eX3, a touch-enabled Android platform with an associated app store, support for the Unity 3D engine, fast internet etc. Great stuff for those transatlantic flights that seem to take forever.