Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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Tobii Rex lets you control any Windows 8 PC with eye-tracking tech

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It looks like $21 million in Intel cash and a few promising prototypes weren't enough to convince manufacturers to build eye-controlled tablets quite yet. Tobii, the company behind the eye-tracking Gaze technology we sampled at last year's CES — and again at CeBIT — has just announced a standalone eye-tracking kit you can add to any existing Windows 8 computer. It's called the Tobii Rex, and it's a stick-like device you mount underneath your screen and attach to a USB port on your PC. The company says you'll use it alongside traditional peripherals like mouse and keyboard, as it's meant to augment rather than replace.

For the short term, though, you probably won't be using a Tobii Rex at all: the company's producing just 5,000 of...

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