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Tobii Announce Eye-Tracking Solution Aimed at VR HMDs

Eye-tracking developers Tobii have today announced that they are working with partners in both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to integrate eye tracking into their wearables. Tobii have specifically stated their interest in working with Sony Computer Entertainment’s Project Morpheus, the forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive HMD.

Tobii will be showcasing their new technology, Tobii Glasses 2, at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Las Vegas, in January. The device has begun shipping for development and research partners already, however CES will mark the public debut of the technology.

Tobii suggest that their technology can benefit VR specifically by improving resolution issues with “Foveated Rendering”. With eye-tracking in place the HMD can render the highest resolution to only the area the user is specific focusing at the moment instead of the entire user’s field of vision, which also helps reduce simulator sickness.

“2015 will be the year that eye-tracking makes first entry into consumer markets and consumers have their first tangible experiences with real eye-tracking products in the wild – first with gaming, then with ergonomics and eventually general computer use,” said Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech. “We are well-poised to bring new products to market, not only as Tobii, but also with numerous world-class partners in these industries. We are thrilled about moving from prototypes to real products, games and apps.”

Tobii will also present a number of other technologies at CES, including the SteelSeries Sentry, an eye-tracker designer for streamers and e-sports competitors, and the Pizza Hut Subconscious Menu, which offers users the opportunity to dig into their subconscious and see what they are really craving on their pizza.

The Tobii Glasses 2 SDK will be made available in the second quarter of 2015 to allow software developers to begin integrating the technology into their products. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on the Tobii Glasses 2 and partners confirmed to use the technology.