What wikipedia-like information is available on EyeTech Digital Systems, Inc?
asked 08 Nov '14, 22:48
EyeTech Digital Systems is a privately held company based in Mesa, Arizona that makes systems for capturing eye-gaze data. Their first products allowed computer users to control their computer cursor through eye movement and were designed to be used by people with disabilities. The application of the eye tracking technology has expanded to include a wider range of applications such as research systems and public displays.
Robert Chappell, created his first eye tracking device out of necessity when he developed repetitive strain injury while working as an electrical engineer. He was unable to use a computer mouse or keyboard, and needed to find an alternative way to control his computer. He researched eye tracking systems, but at that time eye tracking devices were complicated and expensive, so he developed his own. EyeTech's first commercial product used a small camera and LED lights which attached to a computer monitor. The camera measured eye movements which would control the computer cursor and allow the user to perform all mouse functions with eye movements alone. It was less expensive, simpler, and easier to use than existing devices, and Chappell soon found a market for his product, which was the first eye tracker that worked with Microsoft Windows and general purpose computers. He founded the company with partner Melinda Trego in 1996, selling his own systems and also components for other assistive technology products. People with conditions such as cerebral palsy and ALS use EyeTech products to communicate, use the internet, work and play games. The company has an international sales presence.
In Q4 2012, EyeTech began work on the AEye, "Eye Tracking on-a-chip" technology. Initially discussed as a "Smart Tracker", the project was known as "XEye" internally during initial development and a few months before the product announcement at CES the name was changed to "AEye". It was demoed in January 2014, at CES 2014, Las Vegas. Early beta versions were available Q3 2014. All of the image processing occurs on an FPGA chip.
The key strengths of the technology, are that eye tracking is now available for setups using embedded, mobile, ARM, or Atom processors. Because sending pixel data to the host computer is completely optional, it has very low bandwidth use. The high bandwidth use on USB 2 and USB 3 of traditional eye trackers is no longer a constraint on the system. Some benefits of this setup are allowing for many more eye trackers per computer; video conferencing while eye tracking, and other data heavy USB operations can occur without conflict. In tandem with the AEye development, EyeTech's Windows API, QuickLINK 2 has been ported onto Android, for use with AEye based eye trackers.
Products and Applications
EyeTech’s Quick Glance caught the attention of Andy Jordan of the Wall Street Journal in an article about a Rochester Institute of Technology engineering student with cerebral palsy. The company has been featured in the Mesa, Arizona East Valley Tribune. DynaVox, a company which uses EyeTech components has been featured on Fox Newsand the Today Show.in a story about Augie Nieto, who has ALS and has founded Augie's Quest to fight the disease.
Finding replacement links for missing webpages...
Below are some relevant links from the google search "EyeTech Digital Systems" wiki. Sometimes reading a wikipedia article about eyetech reads like an advertisement because the origins sound too good to be true. I've worked in the past on getting EyeTech's wikipedia article back up. For now this page will serve as a draft of the wiki article.