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(Extreme Tech)   Why eye tracking could be the next big thing in user input. Illustrated with what seems to be a framed shot from the Blair Witch Project   (extremetech.com) divider line 18
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2012-11-18 09:35:18 AM  
I wonder how this would work for people who have a lazy eye.
 
2012-11-18 10:04:34 AM  
Sure, if you're flying an AH-64.

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2012-11-18 10:36:05 AM  
Hahahahahaaa. Hah.

Ever complained about about a "creepy" Facebook stalker? Ever gotten nervous about Google's ad-placement software?

You have no idea what "creepy" is.

Creepy is dropping you accurately into the appropriate sexual-orientation bin within a few seconds of displaying a generic beach photo.

Creepy is being completely unable to get through a paragraph of content, because the sidebar ads are continually tuning themselves to maximize eye contact based on your particular responses.

Creepy is some douchebag's "funny video" site that persistently displays a flittering, pulsing icon that always skitters away from wherever you're looking -- it's always in the corner of your vision, with nothing you can do about it.

Creepy is all the news stories that you never see any more, because the provider's systems have "optimized" your newsfeed for the stories that get the most of your attention, carrying it along to the embedded ads.

See, the problem with eye-tracking is that it's a big honking pipe into your preconscious cognition. You're constantly spewing a huge amount of information concerning what you're thinking about -- worse yet, what you're about to be thinking about, because the eye motion happens well before the thought crosses your conscious mind.

But, of course, that's also the best thing about eye-tracking, the thing that will bring us a much bigger quantum leap in usability than even the so-called "direct-manipulation" UI. "Mind-reading" interfaces? With good eye-tracking, we don't need no stinking electrode caps or implants.

I just hope the bigger gains are in making computers easier for us to use. And not, you know, the other way around.
 
2012-11-18 10:47:31 AM  
no
 
2012-11-18 11:19:06 AM  

jfarkinB: Hahahahahaaa. Hah.

Ever complained about about a "creepy" Facebook stalker? Ever gotten nervous about Google's ad-placement software?

You have no idea what "creepy" is.

Creepy is dropping you accurately into the appropriate sexual-orientation bin within a few seconds of displaying a generic beach photo.

Creepy is being completely unable to get through a paragraph of content, because the sidebar ads are continually tuning themselves to maximize eye contact based on your particular responses.

Creepy is some douchebag's "funny video" site that persistently displays a flittering, pulsing icon that always skitters away from wherever you're looking -- it's always in the corner of your vision, with nothing you can do about it.

Creepy is all the news stories that you never see any more, because the provider's systems have "optimized" your newsfeed for the stories that get the most of your attention, carrying it along to the embedded ads.

See, the problem with eye-tracking is that it's a big honking pipe into your preconscious cognition. You're constantly spewing a huge amount of information concerning what you're thinking about -- worse yet, what you're about to be thinking about, because the eye motion happens well before the thought crosses your conscious mind.

But, of course, that's also the best thing about eye-tracking, the thing that will bring us a much bigger quantum leap in usability than even the so-called "direct-manipulation" UI. "Mind-reading" interfaces? With good eye-tracking, we don't need no stinking electrode caps or implants.

I just hope the bigger gains are in making computers easier for us to use. And not, you know, the other way around.


Good thing this isn't penis tracking technology, because then you'd get the idea I enjoy Brazilian tranny porn.
 
2012-11-18 11:27:31 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: jfarkinB: Hahahahahaaa. Hah.

Ever complained about about a "creepy" Facebook stalker? Ever gotten nervous about Google's ad-placement software?

You have no idea what "creepy" is.

Creepy is dropping you accurately into the appropriate sexual-orientation bin within a few seconds of displaying a generic beach photo.

Creepy is being completely unable to get through a paragraph of content, because the sidebar ads are continually tuning themselves to maximize eye contact based on your particular responses.

Creepy is some douchebag's "funny video" site that persistently displays a flittering, pulsing icon that always skitters away from wherever you're looking -- it's always in the corner of your vision, with nothing you can do about it.

Creepy is all the news stories that you never see any more, because the provider's systems have "optimized" your newsfeed for the stories that get the most of your attention, carrying it along to the embedded ads.

See, the problem with eye-tracking is that it's a big honking pipe into your preconscious cognition. You're constantly spewing a huge amount of information concerning what you're thinking about -- worse yet, what you're about to be thinking about, because the eye motion happens well before the thought crosses your conscious mind.

But, of course, that's also the best thing about eye-tracking, the thing that will bring us a much bigger quantum leap in usability than even the so-called "direct-manipulation" UI. "Mind-reading" interfaces? With good eye-tracking, we don't need no stinking electrode caps or implants.

I just hope the bigger gains are in making computers easier for us to use. And not, you know, the other way around.

Good thing this isn't penis tracking technology, because then you'd get the idea I enjoy Brazilian tranny porn.


art.penny-arcade.com
Just a matter of time...
 
2012-11-18 11:30:24 AM  
I can't see very well, so my pointer would be all over the screen
 
2012-11-18 12:18:55 PM  
I'd love to see what this technology does in those first few seconds when I wake up and am trying to turn off my alarm. Or someone who's drunk/high/tripping face.
 
2012-11-18 12:33:05 PM  
Between light field cameras and eye-tracking, we might actually have something better than what we have now...
 
2012-11-18 01:52:38 PM  
The one person I can imagine this would help the most if they perfect it before he dies is Dr. Steven Hawking. The way he works now is painstaking and slow. This would improve his ability to communicate what is in his head a thousand times.... either that or he would be hell on wheels at COD or halo!
 
2012-11-18 03:41:04 PM  
They've been publishing articles about eye-tracking since at least 1980. I've yet to read an article that made it sound like a good idea. In fact, the advertising use in Crichton's movie Looker, from 1981, is about as compelling as anything else.
 
2012-11-18 04:03:27 PM  

RandomAxe: They've been publishing articles about eye-tracking since at least 1980. I've yet to read an article that made it sound like a good idea. In fact, the advertising use in Crichton's movie Looker, from 1981, is about as compelling as anything else.


It's useful in UI design, but so is watching the person trying out the UI.
 
2012-11-18 05:45:08 PM  

jfarkinB: Hahahahahaaa. Hah.

Ever complained about about a "creepy" Facebook stalker? Ever gotten nervous about Google's ad-placement software?

You have no idea what "creepy" is.


So that's why everyone in cyberpunk wears sunglasses all the time!
 
2012-11-18 06:03:34 PM  
So what will my computer do when I roll my eyes at silly ideas like this?
 
2012-11-18 06:43:59 PM  
"Paid Advertisement : We've noticed you've looked at a lot of stop signs. Would you like to be connected with an industrial sign manufacturer? Stop signs starting at only $119.99.."
 
2012-11-18 09:49:32 PM  
www.xrayspx.com
 
2012-11-19 08:11:00 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't see very well, so my pointer would be all over the screen


Ditto - Nystagmus would be a biatch for this software
 
2012-11-21 07:28:42 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't see very well, so my pointer would be all over the screen


i.imgur.com
 
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