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Samsung eye-tracking mouse helps people with impairments

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Samsung EyeCan Plus

Samsung has just unveiled EyeCan+, a new take on helping improve access to computers for people with disabilities.

It’s based around glasses-free eye-tracking, whereby the mouse follows where you’re looking

Interaction like clicking, dragging, and scrolling comes courtesy of various eye movements and blinks, with 18 different commands included.

The actual EyeCan+ unit is little more than a portable box that you put underneath a desktop monitor.

It then calibrates with the user’s eye, and is promised to work well from any position, including lying down.

Each user will need to be somewhere between 60cm and 70cm from the monitor for optimum usage – any further and calibration goes fuzzy.

SiJeong Cho, VP of Community Relations at Samsung, said “EyeCan+ is the result of a voluntary project initiated by our engineers, and reflects their passion and commitment to engage more people in our community.

Samsung originally released the EyeCan (sans +) back in march 2012, and has since ‘significantly upgraded’ the calibration sensitivity and overall user experience.

It’s a big leap for those with severe health issues who would normally struggle to do simple things like access the internet, produce a word document, or watch a video.

The South Korean firm says it’s not going to commercialise the EyeCan+, instead promising to donate a ‘limited quantity’ to charities.

Fortunately, it also says the technology and design of its eye-tracking mouse will be made open source in the near future, which could mean a much wider roll-out should willing parties snap up the opportunity to tinker with it.

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