The virtual reality (VR) industry is yet to fully-embrace eye-tracking, despite the potential benefits it could bring to VR experiences. With so many other aspects of VR still to work out, companies such as Oculus VR are yet to really address the technology’s potential. That isn’t the case with FOVE, a new head-mounted display (HMD) that puts eye-tracking at the front and centre of its appeal. This week the company behind the device has announced that it is to launch a crowd-funding campaign in order to aid production.
FOVE is a PC-based HMD that features in-house eye-tracking technology. This brings several new possibilities to the world of VR, including controlling experiences with eyes alone, interacting with AI that can use recorded information to react to a user’s emotional state and even allowing engines to realistically adjust focus as eyes do in real life. The company suggests the tech could be used for fast aiming in first-person shooter (FPS) experiences, or to interact with characters on eye contact in virtual experiences.
The HMD even has medical applications having in the past been used to help Kouta, a young Japanese boy struggling with movement disabilities, to play the piano by simple looking at virtual keys to play. This type of control could have a huge impact on accessible computing going forward.
It’s not yet clear just when FOVE will be launching its crowd-funding campaign, nor how much it will be looking for when it does. Those interested can head to the kit’s official website to sign up for an alert on when the campaign gets under way.
VRFocus will continue to follow FOVE’s progress closely, reporting back with any further updates on the device.