Future Windows 10 will come with eye tracking support

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Tech Journo: Microsoft planning to add eye-tracking feature to its Windows 10
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05 August, 2017

The company introduced a beta version of eye control into Windows 10, which includes a launchpad that lets you choose between mouse, keyboard and text-to-speech options.

To use the feature, now in the beta testing stage and available for select users signed up for Microsoft's Windows Insider program, people need to utilize eye tracking hardware by Tobii, a Swedish company.

That work was the beginning of what Microsoft announced this week as Eye Tracking support in Windows 10 with the Fall Creators Update which will be available in the September timeframe.

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Since most of the people with ALS can only move their eyes, Microsoft created a system that can be controlled by simply gazing at characters to type out words on an on-screen keyboard, which can then be pronounced by dedicated technology. By choosing to Skip Ahead, it said that Insiders would be able to get the earliest builds from the Redstone 4 branch, which will eventually become the first major Windows 10 update of 2018.

Windows 10 testers will only see the new colors if they clean install build 16257, and if you upgrade you'll keep the legacy colors to ensure any custom color settings are not replaced. But now, Microsoft has developed this technology as an advanced accessibility feature. If you want to learn more about Microsoft's thinking behind the changes, head over to the Command Line blog. You can select mouse and keyboard use from the launchpad, and even use shape writing on the keyboard for faster typing. There is also an Eye Control interaction model to interact with the Windows UI, where looking at the UI will activate it along with voice guidance. It will also feature predictive text. The command-line utility now supports full 24-bit RGB color, enabling new color schemes that improve legibility on today's displays, said Sarkar. Also included are improvements to the Console, input behavior, and to Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG). When the update for Windows Updates arrive, the new Tobii Eye Tracker HIDClass Driver will be found on Windows Update and will be installed automatically.

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