Engineers at Microsoft started developing an eye-tracking technology that let users control their PC back in 2014 as part of the company’s One Week hackathon. The eye-control technology actually won One Week 2014, and it was inspired by Steve Gleason — a former professional football player who worked with Microsoft in the past. Microsoft engineers are now building the eye-tracking technology right into Windows 10, which will enable anyone with the required hardware to be able to control their Windows 10 PC just with their eyes.
The feature, which Microsoft is simply calling Eye Control, will utilize Tobii‘s Eye Tracker 4C to enable eye-tracking in Windows 10. Windows 10’s Eye Control can already be tested by Windows Insiders running the latest Insider Preview release of Windows 10 and it will be available to the general public as a beta later this year with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Tobii has released updates to its eye-tracking software to enable support for Eye Control in Windows 10, and the company has even provided a how-to guide which will help users get started with the new feature in Windows 10.
Eye Control only works with Tobii’s Eye Tracker 4C at the moment, but the company is working on adding support for the Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEye Plus, EyeMobile Plus and I-series.