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Eye controlled computer games for disabled children

Posted in Games on 28th Feb, 2012 02:29 PM by APM

The project at De Montfort University aims to allow severely-disabled youngsters to play computer games.


Learning to control games by eye tracking is also intended to help disabled children navigate real-world environments.


Eye control "adds a whole new level of intelligence to games", says research leader Stephen Vickers.


The use of eye tracking as a way of interacting with devices has been explored for a number of years, says Dr Vickers.


But his project is developing a more accessible, low-cost system, which will bring games into the reach of disabled children who cannot operate a mouse or keyboard.


They will be able to "push" buttons and direct a character by looking at different points on the screen. In a spaceship game, he says players can fire a gun by staring at a button.


Here's looking at you


Eye tracking uses an infrared light to identify where the eyes are looking - and can measure the movements as the person looks around a computer screen.


If the eyes focus on an on-screen button, this can be like using a mouse and cursor to "click" on a button.


Researchers at the project at the Leicester-based university have worked with a local special school.


As well as letting children play games, it is also a way of helping children with very limited mobility to learn how to move around virtual environments, including those showing the layout of real buildings.


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