Microsoft is on the way of improving the accessibility of Windows 10. On Wednesday Microsoft reveals the details about the new feature which will be introduced on Windows 10. Microsoft has started testing the new windows 10 feature called Eye Control.
Microsoft has launched the beta version of Eye control. The feature includes a launch pad that permits the user to choose between mouse and keyboard.
The Eye Control feature permits the user to use their eyes to control an on-screen mouse and keyboard to operate Windows 10 text-to-speech functionality. There will a camera, which would track eye movements to predict where the user is looking on the screen.
The feature needs a compatible eye tracker, such as Tobii Eye tracker 4C, with future eye-tracking cameras to come. It unlocks access to the Windows operating system to perform those tasks which were previously practised using mouse and keyboard. Tobii which aims gaming and research sectors said testing was ‘currently being finalized’ for Eye Control Compatibility in computers from Acer, Alienware, and MSi.
The move will allow people with limited or no ability to move their arms a chance to more easily use Windows 10. It’s part of a broader push by Microsoft, and the larger tech community, to make the product accessible to more people.
Though currently, Microsoft is only supporting Tobii, the company says it is “open to working with additional hardware vendors to provide customers with a broader set of hardware options to enable this experience.”
To set up Eye Control, users will need to purchase a Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, connect it to their PC and then download the relevant Tobii software. Once setup is complete, a launch pad will appear on the screen where users can access the mouse, keyboard, text-to-speech feature.