LONDON A manufacturing licensing deal with the technology’s developer, QinetiQ, will see the first lightweight and portable eye tracking system manufactured and commercially made available by Applied Science Laboratories (ASL) of Boston, USA.
The portable ‘Mobile Eye’ headset is about the same size and weight as a pair of sunglasses and incorporates a low-powered infrared light source plus two miniature cameras to see exactly where a user is looking within their field of vision. This in turn is connected to a small, portable, high resolution DVCR-based device on the users belt to capture over an hour of recording.
Developed from QinetiQ's research into a ‘Look & Fire’ system for fast-jet pilots, applications for the Mobile Eye system include sports training (ball and eye coordination or target recognition) and ergonomic assessments (such as how we anticipate potential hazards when driving or what catches a shopper's eye in the supermarket).
Some medical training (what a surgeon concentrates on during a procedure) and education opportunities (for example how we read and anticipate a music score) could also prove exploitable.
The result of more than 30 years' optical engineering experience at QinetiQ, the Mobile Eye does not restrict the user's movement, takes only minutes to calibrate to the user as well as working in bright sunlight.
Under the terms of the licensing deal, ASL has global manufacturing and marketing rights for Mobile Eye through its distributors within designated commercial market sectors and QinetiQ will receive a royalty for each unit sold. QinetiQ will also continue to develop the functionality of the system along with applying it to specific applications in defence and public sector markets to help better understand behaviour traits and learning.