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Eye-tracking helping make virtual reality a hands-free technology

Moving one step closer to hands-free VR
By: Michael Hatamoto | Virtual & Augmented Reality News | Posted: May 19, 2015 11:20 pm

A growing number of companies want to break into virtual reality, and while most of the attention is on the Oculus VR Rift headset, there are opportunities for others in the market. One such company is FOVE, which hopes its hands-free virtual reality experience can yield an even more immersive experience.




"Eye-tracking is game-changing in VR," said Lochlainn Wilson, co-developer and CTO at FOVE, in a statement published by Reuters. "It allows for much more complex and subtle interaction than has been possible previously. By knowing exactly where the user is looking, characters in virtual reality can react to your gaze and return it naturally or avoid it or respond or question."


Wilson also points out that new possibilities are opened when eye-tracking is used in VR, creating "really sensitive emotional experiences" that more closely mimic real life. The headset has two built-in cameras that are able to track eye movement - scanning the eyes and tracking iris movement.


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