Researchers Create Data Glasses Controlled By Your Eye Movement


Hicks, Jennifer

September 15, 2013

Researchers at the Franhofer Research Institution for Organics, Materials and Electronic Devices (COMEED) in Dresden say they’ve created a way for you to control data with your eyes through new OLED (organic light emitting code) interactive glasses.

OLEDs are used to create digital displays you interact with every second of your day like TV screens, your computer monitor, smartphones, tablets, etc. So think of that type of display, arranged like eyeglasses.

Even though these OLED glasses are still in the lab, according to the press release from the Franhofer COMEED, they plan to transfer the technology into viable commercial products.

The OLED eyeglasses are an example of the increasing push towards human-machine interactions. This isn’t controlling the data you see with your hands, but with your eye movements and then interacting with that to complete your job.

Here is how it works: the OLED eyeglasses are the display and serve as the interface. The camera sensors in the eyeglasses will track your eye movements and an image processing program calculates the exact position of their pupils in real time. The displayed data is seen by you inside the eyeglasses, but at the same time, you also have an opportunity to interact with the data in the task or process you are doing in real time.

This type of technology could be applied to professions that simultaneously need to use their hands and access information or data to complete their jobs, like maintenance technicians, surgeons. The technology could even be applied as assistive, interaction systems for people with disabilities.

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