Eye tracking could lead the future of VR

Virtual reality is great, but it’s not perfect. While head tracking technology has gotten really, really good over the last couple of years, the experience could be better. Natural human vision is dictated by both head movement as well as eye movement, and current technology only allows for the former. If we could create effective eye tracking technology, there could be a whole new field of experiences we could attribute to the tech as a whole.

More Natural Gaming

Stealth games require a very restricted amount of movement. Image how much more effective it would be to be able to shift your view with just your eyes. Pretty great, right? This could allow for players to hide with a much higher level of secrecy, providing a much more immersive and interactive experience. Developers could potentially push to make these stealth games more difficult, threatening to reveal your position at any rustle from the bushes. With eye tracking, there is almost no end to the level of immersion these titles could deploy.

Eye tracking could prove beneficial to both VR and AR.

Eye tracking could prove beneficial to both VR and AR.

Safer Police Action

Eye tracking technology is something that could also be implemented into augmented reality experiences. If police were to wear special pairs of AR enables glasses, they could be provided with useful overlays, and also be much safer when out in the field. It has been suggested that augmented reality glasses with eye tracking technology could help detect when officers are overly stressed by monitoring the movement and dilation of their eyes. When an officer pulls their gun, a signal could be sent back to the police department with detailed information on how that officer is feeling, which would enable the team to remotely contact the officer and work them through the situation. This kind of technology could help prevent rash decision making, and is useful in providing a safer world for citizens and officers alike.

More Diverse Applications

Our eyes give quite a bit of insight about our mood and health. Using eye tracking technology, applications could be developed that recognize a user’s mood and health, and play programming to reflect just that. For instance, if the headset detects that a user is stressed, it could play something very calming and quiet, whereas if the user is sleep deprived, the tech could help lull a player to sleep with specific ‘sleep aid’ programming. The tech could help people to feel more stable during the day, and could potentially be very effective in treating mood swings and other symptoms that hinder how someone connects with the world.

It seems like eye tracking technology could have a lot of benefits if implemented into the tech we use today. The technology is apparently already in rapid development, and could easily be implemented into the next generation of headsets, likely to debut sometime in 2017. While that might seem like a long ways away, it’s already May, meaning we could see the tech as early as 7 months from now.

Are you looking forward to the tech’s potential? Get ready for an uncanny valley of new technology, coming to a headset near you.

via: USA Today

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