Students at Imperial College London have developed a computer game that can be operated by using only eye movement.
According to The Hindu, using Pong, players wear special glasses fitted with an infrared light and webcam that records eye movement. The cam, which is linked to a laptop, then uses a program to sync the game to the player’s optical movements.
The students believe that this could be a way forward for handicapped folks to control computer cursors or even wheelchairs with eye movement alone.
“This game is just an early prototype, but we’re really excited that from our student project we’ve managed to come up with something that could ultimately help people who have really limited movement,” said Ian Beer, one of the student creators.
“The game that they’ve developed is quite simple, but we think it has enormous potential”, added Aldo Faisal from ICL’s Department of Bioengineering. “Particularly because it doesn’t need lots of expensive equipment. We hope it could ultimately provide entertainment options for people who have very little movement.
“In future, people might be able to blink to turn pages in an electronic book, or switch on their favorite song, with the roll of an eye.
“Remarkably, our undergraduates have created this piece of neurotechnology using bits of kit that you can buy in a shop, such as webcams.”
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