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Microsoft Is Testing Eye Control for Windows 10 Users

Microsoft Is Testing Eye Control for Windows 10 Users

Microsoft Is Testing Eye Control for Windows 10 Users

"Eye Control makes Windows 10 more accessible by empowering people with disabilities to operate an onscreen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using only their eyes", according to a post on the Microsoft accessibility blog. The Eye Control feature now supports only with selected eye trackers of Tobii hardware, however Microsoft plans to bring more devices in future.

"Adding native eye tracking support to Windows 10 is a key milestone in our mission to make this technology part of our everyday devices", said Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii. We likely won't see any notable changes to the Redstone 4 branch until after the Fall Creators Update is released, and by then all Windows Insiders will begin receiving the same builds.

A spokesperson said Microsoft had "no more to share". It is now in beta in what is now the ninth build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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The new build of Windows 10 is available already. Upon activating Eye Control, a launchpad pops up on the screen. That is what Tobii was initially developed for in fact.

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In addition to replicating mouse and keyboard functions, Eye Control supports shape-writing, wherein users focus on the first and last letter in a word and quickly glance at the letters in between. Microsoft is planning to release a tool soon that will allow Windows 10 testers to apply the new color scheme and a selection of alternatives. This feature will use the default text-to-speech voices, which can be changed in Settings Time & Language Speech Text-to-speech. Further, the Eye Control launchpad obscures the Tobii interface during device calibration, requiring users to turn off Eye Control during the setup process.

Microsoft got the idea of embedding eye-tracking capabilities into Windows 10 from its first employee hackathon - One Week - in 2014. As for launching this on stable Windows version has not been decided yet.

"The default color values have been changed to improve legibility of darker colors on modern screens, and to give the Console a more modern look & feel", Craig writes.

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