You can control your PC with your eyes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (video)
Microsoft has built eye tracking into the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, giving users the ability to control their PC with just their eyes. Here's a first look the feature in action!
Starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is introducing a new accessibility feature that allows users to control their PC's with just their eyes. Using third party hardware like the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, you will be able to navigate your Windows 10 PC with just your eyeballs, including the ability to manipulate windows, type out sentences and more.
Microsoft is now testing this new eye tracking technology with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, and will be available for the public when the Fall Creators Update begins its rollout. We've gone eyes on with the new eye tracking features to show you what it's all about.
In our quick demo, we showcase the work Microsoft has been doing natively to Windows 10 in the ease of access space, as well as showcase the work Tobii has been doing to via its third party software to enhance the experience of using a PC with a mouse and keyboard.
This technology is truly fascinating. The work Microsoft is doing specifically is designed with those who may not be able to move around as freely as others in mind. For example if you're someone who is unable to comfortably use a mouse or use a keyboard, being able to control your PC with your eyes is a helpful alternative for input.
Of course, this technology is also useful in other situations too. If you're a chef in a kitchen, and have messy hands from all that cake mix you've been mixing, instead of cleaning your hands to interact with your PC and read the recipe you're following, you can just use your eyes to get what you need done instead.
Microsoft says they will be adding support for more eye tracking hardware in the future. For now however, it works with hardware from Tobii, such as the Eye Tracker 4C. You can grab one for yourself from Amazon for $150.
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.