Tobii and NTT DOCOMO Show Unique Eye-tracking Tablet

Press Release  •  Sep 19, 2012 01:25 EDT

Tobii Technology, the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction, today announced that partner NTT DOCOMO INC., Japan’s premier provider of leading-edge mobile voice, data and multimedia services, will unveil ibeam, a concept tablet with embedded eye tracking from Tobii. The ibeam tablet prototype will make its debut at the NTT DOCOMO booth #4B66 at CEATEC in Tokyo, Oct. 2-6.

“This is an exciting step forward as we continue to pursue our vision of a world in which eye tracking enhances our interaction with everyday devices,” said Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii Technology. “We are thrilled to see so many companies taking an interest in exploring the possibilities with Tobii’s eye-tracking technology. We will see more and more proof-of-concept prototypes like this as the industry moves closer to realizing the benefits of eye tracking.”

Developed in partnership with NTT DOCOMO’s manufacturing partner, Fujitsu, the ibeam prototype uses the most advanced and compact eye tracker in the world, the Tobii IS20 (formerly Tobii IS-2), allowing an unsurpassed eye-tracking experience when using the device. The ibeam will also showcase the future possibilities of natural user interfaces for computers and tablets using gaze interaction. With this capability, users can also interact with the tablet hands-free while still retaining complete functionality of the device.

“Since the inclusion of multitouch, location-awareness and gyroscopes in mobile devices, we have witnessed an explosion of creativity from application developers,” said Eskilsson. “By introducing eye tracking in prototypes like this, we hope to bring about another surge in this creativity. Eye tracking-enabled applications are much more responsive to the user’s attention, creating new possibilities and efficiencies for interfaces, software and games.”

Tobii works extensively with many application partners in the consumer electronics industry as it works to bring eye tracking and gaze interaction to personal computers, gaming systems, televisions and vehicles.
With Tobii’s gaze interaction development kit, developers can quickly get started exploring this new modality and bring a new dimension in user experience to their products. Tobii offers gaze interaction development kits for purchase or rental.

Watch a demo of Tobii Gaze here.

See Tobii at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11, 2013.

Media contacts
Corporate contact:
Sara Hyléen, Head of PR, Tobii Technology; phone: +46 709 161 641, sara.hyleen (@) tobii.com

In the U.S.:
Kristina Messner, Focused Image; phone: +1-703-678-6023, email: kmessner (@) focusedimage.com
In Japan:
Ken Hachisu, Tobii Technology Japan; phone: +81 3 5793 3316, ken.hachisu (@)tobii.co.jp

About Tobii Technology
Tobii Technology is the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction technology. Tobii’s leading eye-tracking technology has transformed research in many fields, enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs and accelerated the development of gaze interaction in personal computing. Tobii delivers comprehensive, market-leading, eye-tracking technology solutions and OEM components for applications such as computers, gaming and vehicle safety systems. Founded in 2001, Tobii continues to achieve rapid annual growth and receive awards and recognition for its accomplishments. Based in Sweden, Tobii has a global presence, with offices in the U.S., China, Germany, Japan and Norway, as well as a worldwide network of resellers and partners. For more information, visit www.tobii.com.

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