Swedish Start-Up Launches Eye Tracker for Gaming

Category: Technology/Innovations


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  2. calibrate / ˈkæl əˌbreɪt / (v) – to check whether an instrument measures accurately

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  3. blind spot / blaɪnd spɒt / (n) – an area where one’s view is blocked or not clear

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  4. mount / maʊnt / (n) – something onto which another thing is attached for support

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  5. compatible / kəmˈpæt ə bəl / (adj) – being a good fit with someone or something

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Tobii, a Sweden-based trailblazer in eye-tracking technology, released a new device that can help gamers perform better in fast-paced video games.

The Tobii Eye Tracker 5 was released in June with an improved head tracking ability, greater speed, and better responsiveness. It is meant to replace the older model Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, which was launched in 2016.

The device is specifically designed for gamers, who can use it to enhance their gaming experience, improve their game performance, and come up with tactics for tournaments.

The Tobii Eye Tracker 5 has sensors and cameras that recognize and track users’ gazes. To calibrate the device before use, gamers need to follow on-screen instructions that tell them to stare at specific points on the screen. Gamers can use the device to determine the direction of their gaze and head movement, enabling them to analyze gaming behavior patterns and avoid blind spots.

The upgraded device also has a new mount that is compatible with different types of screens. It can be set up by magnetically attaching it onto a monitor while the device’s USB cable is plugged in.

The Tobii Eye Tracker 5 is currently being used in competitive games such as “Counterstrike” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.” Later this year, the device will also be used in “Watchdogs: Legion.”

According to a report, the tech company is currently adding more games that can be supported by the device for both professional and casual gamers. Tobii recently announced its partnership with gamer training platform Mobalytics and promised that games enhanced by its new eye tracking technology will be continuously made available.

Viewpoint Discussion

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Discussion A

• Do you think using the Tobii Eye Tracker 5 will make games less challenging? Why or why not?
• Do you think the Tobii Eye Tracker 5 can also be used for non-gaming activities (e.g. reading)? Why or why not?

Discussion B

• What other advancements in gaming would you like to see (e.g. facial or voice recognition)? Discuss.
• Do you think developing new technologies for the gaming industry should be a priority over producing more games with just the current technology? Why or why not?