Looking at the industry, what are some of the major milestones in eye tracking?
What companies have been around the longest? Which ones have come and gone?
asked 29 Sep '14, 17:04
A Comprehensive History of Eye Tracking
Eye Tracking (aka, gaze tracking) has a complex history especially in recent years as different technologies have driven different aspects. The following is an attempt to organize historical events that involve or have significantly influenced eye tracking. If you notice something is missing, please comment or contact eye tech to add it to the charts/lists.
Because a lot of the technology of eye tracking is driven by connectivity of cameras to computers and portable devices for use by disabled users, milestones in those industries are included below.
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developed the first precise, non-invasive eye tracking technique, using light reflected from the cornea. Their system recorded only horizontal eye position onto a falling photographic plate and required the participant’s head to be motionless.
The discovery that multiple reflections from the eye could be used to dissociate eye rotations from head movement (Cornsweet and Crane, 1973) increased tracking precision and also prepared the ground for developments resulting in greater freedom of participant movement.
Eyefluence founded (2013) - merged with Eye-Com
Important Related Technologies
Head Tracker Face Detection Voice Dictation Speech Generation Devices Tablets iPad Android Wearable Technology (Meta glasses) Kinect Firewire
Organizations Related to EyeTracking
COGAIN ETRA EyeTracking Update
Mangold International iMotions EyeTracking Inc Design Interactive EyeTracking Tools (Morea)
Open Source Eye Tracking Projects
Lund University University of Alaska Durham University University of Arizona SFU
EyeSpeak Oculus Rift XBox Kinect Eye Tracker
Passive Illumination Research
LC Technologies SMI PRC Tobii Seeing Machines Alea SeeTech EyeTribe Eyefluence
Short Lived Companies
Eye Response (University of Virgina) EyeCan EyeCom emSense
Eye Tracking Patent Activity
IBM acquired a number of patents and has sold them off to different entities over the years.
Eye Tracking Studies as a Service
Eye Tracking in Insurance
Medicare Medicaid changes
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