Eye-tracker as an assistive technology for using a mouse or other pointing devices
I know there are many people, like myself, for whom it's hard to move mouse. Especially on long distances, like from one edge of the screen to another. And you can't speed up pointer too much because it becomes too inaccurate. Or the software, including Windows native mouse support, doesn't let you.
An eye tracker - used only to move the pointer with blinking (e.g. twice) - could be a great help here. And it didn't even need to be precise.
I have a muscle wasting disease (DMD). Some people with similar diseases use only mouses, other styluses or touchpads. Many can't use 1080p resolutions because the distances become too long. They all could benefit from a functionality that assists in using their pointing device.
The professional eye tracking devices are extremely expensive, especially in middle and low income countries. And I still can't find any with that kind of functionality. But I myself could easily find a few people who would use a < 200$ eye-tracker to do just that.
And since it doesn't need to be precise, maybe even a simple HD webcam could be enough.
On a side note, when it comes to children, a really important thing would be to give their parents option to limit how often they can use it, i.e. make the cursor jump. Because if they would use it too often instead of moving mouse, their muscles would loose strength quicker.
Philip Weiss commented
You could try IRIS: http://iris.xcessity.at/index.php
Arch / Struct Eng commented
I have similar muscle issues, but can double-click with my hand or foot. Is it possible to use "eye tracker" in mouse mode, without the launchpad? As designed, eye tracker assumes the user is limited to eye control only. Many users can use a combination of tools as a work-around. I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to drive many of my programs via macros.
The requirement to double-click left, right or single click with my eyes makes it impractical to perform 3D structural analysis and architectural building design.
Thanks for the feedback.
As Tom noted, the Tobii 4C drivers have an option to "warp on mouse move". You might try that to see if it helps in your particular situation. Unfortunately their feature is not blink activated as you suggest.
Unfotunately Win native doesn't support function like Tobii's Mouse Warp. It would be great if there was something similar, just with options. And blinking support (once, twice, three times... and assigning some commands).
Thank you for your feedback.
Beta support for compatible eye-tracking devices was added in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This lets a user control the mouse and input text into the operating system. Tobii is our first hardware partner; the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C is an example of a compatible eye tracker.
To learn more about how to set up eye tracking, which eye trackers are compatible, and more background on the feature, check out these links:
The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.