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Google awarded patent that could allow eye tracking on Google Glass

Google Glass to get eye tracking if patent rings true

Charles Gantt | Jun 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm CDT (0 mins, 55 secs time to read)

This morning, we have learned of a new patent that was awarded to Google that could allow Google Glass users to unlock their device by simply moving their eyes. This could open up all sorts of possibilities not only for use within Google Glass, but for further augmented reality situations.


US patent application number 20130135204 is described by Google as "Methods and systems for unlocking a screen using eye tracking information." It appears that Glass would display some sort of moving objects such as a bird flying across the screen. It would then track your eye movement and if everything is correct, it would unlock your screen.

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"The computing system may determine that a path associated with the eye movement of the user substantially matches a path associated with the moving object on the display and switch to be in an unlocked mode of operation including unlocking the screen," the company said in the filing. To me, it seems that eye tracking technology is a given for Google Glass and I kind of expected it to be there from the beginning.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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