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(CNN)   $30 device lets you control your computer with your eyes, leaving your hands free. Hard to imagine there would be a use for that   (cnn.com) divider line 29
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2012-09-26 07:40:23 AM
This will be a godsend to ALS patients. Insurance won't cover the cost of the current devices that run up to 10 grand. My sister-in-law was on a waiting list for over a year for one supplied through a local agency. She died shortly after finally getting it.
 
2012-09-26 07:48:10 AM
www.startrek.com

She could think of a few uses for such a device.
 
2012-09-26 09:06:23 AM

Cythraul: She could think of a few uses for such a device.


Now that is a reference.
 
2012-09-26 09:34:27 AM

Cythraul: [www.startrek.com image 320x240]

She could think of a few uses for such a device.


And the award for best reference in the 9am hour goes to Cythraul.
 
2012-09-26 10:30:35 AM

Cythraul: [www.startrek.com image 320x240]

She could think of a few uses for such a device.


They replaced Steve Harvey as host of Family Feud?
 
2012-09-26 10:30:44 AM

Cythraul: [www.startrek.com image 320x240]

She could think of a few uses for such a device.


Bravo good sir. No way would I have managed that reference this early in the AM.
 
2012-09-26 10:35:23 AM
I got something like this to ease my carpal tunnel....oddly it's gotten exponentially worse :(
 
2012-09-26 10:44:03 AM
southpark.jpeg imminent
 
2012-09-26 10:52:58 AM
how do you avoid clicking a link or picture or video by inadvertantly looking at it? Like, woah, boobies, but, uh oh that obviously looks like a malicious site or uh oh, I am at work.
 
2012-09-26 11:13:23 AM

GardenWeasel: This will be a godsend to ALS patients.


You make me feel bad about myself. My first thought was "I could own at FPS games."
 
2012-09-26 11:18:49 AM
Ts s reevat t terests
 
2012-09-26 11:20:53 AM

SlothB77: how do you avoid clicking a link or picture or video by inadvertantly looking at it? Like, woah, boobies, but, uh oh that obviously looks like a malicious site or uh oh, I am at work.


It's pretty easy. Load the webpage, then close your eyes. Press "Prnt Scrn", then minimize the browser window. Next, fire up MS Paint and paste the website in. Examine the image and memorize your route. Now, close your eyes again and maximize the webpage. Based on your memorized route, you will next open your eyes in controlled bursts only at the parts of the webpage you want to click.

It's really easy, you just have to get off your lazy ass.
 
2012-09-26 11:20:53 AM
Wink wink nudge nudge. Say no more.
 
2012-09-26 11:29:35 AM
The low price of this thing seems to depend on the health of the video game console industry. I wouldn't bank on such a business plan.
 
2012-09-26 11:35:35 AM

BarkingUnicorn: The low price of this thing seems to depend on the health of the video game console industry. I wouldn't bank on such a business plan.


Gaben fanboi-like typing detected.
 
2012-09-26 11:41:30 AM

GardenWeasel: This will be a godsend to ALS patients. Insurance won't cover the cost of the current devices that run up to 10 grand. My sister-in-law was on a waiting list for over a year for one supplied through a local agency. She died shortly after finally getting it.


As will hundreds of Farkers once it hits the market.

"Epidemic Exhaustion Syndrome Hits News Amalgamation Website, Thousands Of Dead Kittens Litter The Streets. Details at 11."
 
2012-09-26 11:51:39 AM
Having played with an eyetracker for a computer in the lab I was in, I'll remain skeptical.

I remember trying to play pong with it. It was great as long as the paddle moved faster then the ball - watch the ball, hit the ball back. As soon as the ball became faster it was near-impossible, since your eyes would track the back and move the paddle away from where it was going to land, meaning the only way to play was to fixate on the spot you hoped it was going to land on, then close your eyes so your eyes don't reflexively track the moving dot in your periphery.

I assume it's come a long way from that, but still, our tendancy to track things means we often look at things we don't necessarily want to change focus to.
 
2012-09-26 12:02:36 PM
Beats me.
 
2012-09-26 12:14:24 PM

bigbadideasinaction: Having played with an eyetracker for a computer in the lab I was in, I'll remain skeptical.

I remember trying to play pong with it. It was great as long as the paddle moved faster then the ball - watch the ball, hit the ball back. As soon as the ball became faster it was near-impossible, since your eyes would track the back and move the paddle away from where it was going to land, meaning the only way to play was to fixate on the spot you hoped it was going to land on, then close your eyes so your eyes don't reflexively track the moving dot in your periphery.

I assume it's come a long way from that, but still, our tendancy to track things means we often look at things we don't necessarily want to change focus to.


Don't eyeballs jerk back and forth as a scene is scanned? I don't think the place eyes are looking necessarily is where perception is being focused. Even more confounding is that each person is probably different. e.g. (numbers pulled out of my ass) A calm type person might happen to focus their eyes on what they are concentrating on for a good 90% of the time, another less calm but normal person maybe 80% of the time, while someone with ADD or something might only be looking on what they're concentrating on for 20% of the time.
 
2012-09-26 12:16:50 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Ts s reevat t terests


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2012-09-26 01:44:40 PM
There was just a discussion on slashdot about a gamer who is losing an arm. This would be wicked for FPS games if it works well enough.
 
2012-09-26 02:16:26 PM

IronJelly: There was just a discussion on slashdot about a gamer who is losing an arm. This would be wicked for FPS games if it works well enough.


Needs to work with a mouse though.

Think 180s.
 
2012-09-26 02:52:13 PM
Masturbation
 
2012-09-26 03:24:38 PM

GardenWeasel: This will be a godsend to ALS patients. Insurance won't cover the cost of the current devices that run up to 10 grand. My sister-in-law was on a waiting list for over a year for one supplied through a local agency. She died shortly after finally getting it.


In a break from fark's usual collective cynicism, I'd just like to say I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your sister - and hopefully this device will help others. Do you know if it helped her in the time she had it?
 
2012-09-26 04:40:39 PM
I'll wait till they couple it with the Oculus Rift
 
2012-09-26 04:49:26 PM
FTFA
Existing commercially available devices such as the Tobii PCEye and the EyeTech TM3 also allow users to control a computer with their eye instead of a mouse... [snip] ...but they are priced between around $5,000 and $7,000.

Also FTFA
Several companies have already approached him to develop and mass-produce the device. However, Faisal says, none have so far embraced his ambition for making it available at a low cost to millions. Instead, they all preferred to undercut existing eye-tracking devices by 10%.

"My mission is that we forge technology with neurological science to find ways to help millions of people with disabilities, such as loss of limbs or muscular disorders, use technology in a cheap way," said Faisal. "We want to make sure people can buy the device for no more than £80 ($125)."


Where's the farking hero tag?
 
2012-09-26 06:17:00 PM

Somaticasual: GardenWeasel: This will be a godsend to ALS patients. Insurance won't cover the cost of the current devices that run up to 10 grand. My sister-in-law was on a waiting list for over a year for one supplied through a local agency. She died shortly after finally getting it.

In a break from fark's usual collective cynicism, I'd just like to say I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your sister - and hopefully this device will help others. Do you know if it helped her in the time she had it?


Yes. Thankfully. She had been unable to communicate at all for months. At least it gave her a way to talk before the end.
 
2012-09-27 08:29:36 AM

Yuri Futanari: I'll wait till they couple it with the Oculus Rift


mmmmmn. Vaporware.

That thing looked so cool, until I realized I wouldn't be able to see my keyboard while using it.

/flight sims are hard without seeing the keyboard
//keyboard, mouse, throttle, joystick is a lot to blindly dance your fingers over in a hurry.
 
2012-09-27 10:52:43 PM
subby funny
 
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