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SMI + Sensics’ Eye Tracking Interface Released for OSVR

The Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem has seen plenty of major updates since its reveal back in January 2015. The likes of Leap Motion have partnered with the group to bring features such as hand-tracking to the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit (HDK). Today another such deal has been announced. SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) has developed a new software plug-in for support for eye tracking technology, allowing developers to work with the technology for their own titles and experiences.

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Known as the OSVR eye tracking interface, this system brings vendor-agnostic real-time eye and gaze data to the ecosystem. Developed in collaboration with Sensics, one of OSVR’s founding contributors, the plug-in allows developers to integrate eye tracking data with the group’s own supported development engines. The interface is already available through the OSVR-SMI github repository.

“SMI’s engagement in the OSVR project is fully in line with SMI’s continuous support for the VR community”, Christian Villwock, director of SMI’s OEM Solutions Business said of the news. “By providing an alternative interface to SMI’s SDK, SMI emphasizes the diversity of VR and makes it even easier for developers and academia to use the tools they already favor. The SMI OSVR plug-in adds another widely accessible way to interface SMI’s eye tracking technology.”

OSVR isn’t the only group looking at eye tracking. FOVE is also developing its very own HMD that highlights the technology, having passed a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign earlier in the year. VRFocus will continue to follow all of the latest VR news, reporting back with any further updates.