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By EyeTracking Inc. on 5/23/2017 4:45 AM

medical training In today’s world, highly skilled jobs are becoming more demanding as personnel are expected to perform critical tasks using highly complex systems in difficult environments. Surgeons and pilots are only two examples of individuals facing such environments. Pressures on the medical and aviation industries are enormous. In the medical realm, our aging population means more medical conditions to treat and thus an ever-increasing demand for skilled medical personnel. In the aviation arena, more people are travelling to more places and thus adding further strain on the aviation industry to supply evermore pilots to meet the demands both now and into the future.

Despite these two examples being seemingly quite different, they face a common basic problem—namely time-efficient and resource-efficient training. The quality of training needs to be maintained, and ideally even improved...

By EyeTracking Inc. on 8/14/2015 4:22 PM

EyeTracking, Inc. is proud to announce the signing of a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) with Sandia National Laboratories. Through this partnership Sandia and EyeTracking seek to apply new methodologies and approaches to solving real world problems.

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By EyeTracking Inc. on 10/10/2014 1:39 PM
Seeing Machines (AIM: SEE), a world leader in computer vision related technologies that help machines understand people by tracking and interpreting human faces and eyes, is pleased to announce the signing of EyeTracking Inc. as distributor of Seeing Machines’ latest eye-tracking platform, FOVIO. EyeTracking Inc. will have exclusive distribution rights, bundling their industry-leading suite of software and analytic tools with Seeing Machines’ world-class gaze-tracking technology platform, to the eyetracking research market. Since 2009, EyeTracking Inc. has been a key distributor of Seeing Machines’ previous eye-tracking platform, FaceLAB. Seeing Machines’ new FOVIO product reinvents eye-tracking capability to deliver higher performance, better accuracy and simpler set up. EyeTracking Inc., founded in 1999, continues to pioneer the eye-tracking industry with recent patents for novel techniques in analysing ‘dynamic areas of interest’ and it’s software suite, EyeWorks™, eye tracking software to...
By EyeTracking Inc. on 9/20/2014 1:59 PM
Scene Camera Data Collection - Mobile / Tablet Example

Testing on a monitor, testing with a projector, testing on a laptop, a Command and Control Station, a TV... the list goes on. Where ever a person meets machine, there is a way that eye tracking can be employed. As new interfaces and devices are released, eye tracking must evolve to ensure that it can be used easily with those devices.

The latest such device was released yesterday, and that's when mine turned up in the mail - I am of course referring to the much anticipated iPhone 6. Here at EyeTracking, we have many customers that use our EyeWorks software to test mobile apps on a variety of devices. We ourselves, run usability services (using EyeWorks or course), for a range of companies testing mobile apps. As we had an iPhone 6 in hand, we thought we should...
By EyeTracking Inc. on 10/15/2012 2:05 PM
Gaze-controlled systems have been in the news quite a bit lately. Fujitsu made headlines at CEATAC (the Consumer Electronics Show of Japan) last week when they demoed a prototype tablet that uses eye movements for navigation. In September CNN Tech ran a story about a $30 pair of eye tracking glasses that "opens the door to a new era of hands-free computers, allowing us to use them without a mouse, keyboard or touch screen." Such innovations are certainly impressive, but before we all throw away our antiquated hand-controlled devices and start practicing eye-clicks, let's get some perspective on this application.

History: The technology to control systems with our eyes has been around for about three decades. Since the early 1980s disabled users have benefited greatly from the use of gaze-controlled systems as a means of clicking and typing. As eye tracking has improved, these...
By EyeTracking Inc. on 4/3/2012 1:16 PM
In 2002, Dr. Sandra Marshall presented a landmark paper at the IEEE 7th Conference on Human Factors and Power Plants, introducing the Index of Cognitive Activity (ICA). This innovative technique "provides an objective psychophysiological measurement of cognitive workload" from pupil-based eye tracking data. In the decade since this conference, the ICA has been used by eye tracking researchers all over the world in a wide variety of contexts.

In this installment of the EyeTracking blog, we'll take a look at some of the most interesting applications of the ICA. There are many to choose from, but here are a few of the greatest hits…

The ICA in Automotive Research

Understanding the workload of drivers is central to automotive design and regulation. Schwalm et al. collected ICA data during a driving simulation including lane changes and secondary tasks. Analyses...
By EyeTracking Inc. on 12/1/2011 3:49 PM
There's a lot to like about EyeWorks™. Its unique brand of flexible efficacy makes it an ideal software solution for eye tracking professionals in a variety of academic, applied and marketing fields. To put it simply, EyeWorks™ IS the collective expertise of EyeTracking, Inc., refined and packaged for researchers everywhere. In the coming months we will highlight a few unique features of EyeWorks™ in the EyeTracking Blog.

Dynamic Region Analysis (Patent Pending)

All good science must quantify results. Eye tracking research is no exception, be it academic, applied, marketing or any other discipline. Unless you have an objective way to evaluate the precise activity of the eye, there is little value in collecting such data. Thus, most eye tracking software offers the ability to draw regions (or AOIs, if you like) as a way to quantify the number and timing of data points...
By EyeTracking Inc. on 11/28/2011 3:05 PM
There's a lot to like about EyeWorks™. Its unique brand of flexible efficacy makes it an ideal software solution for eye tracking professionals in a variety of academic, applied and marketing fields. To put it simply, EyeWorks™ IS the collective expertise of EyeTracking, Inc., refined and packaged for researchers everywhere. In the coming months we will highlight a few unique features of EyeWorks™ in the EyeTracking Blog.

Multi-Display Data Collection

A typical eye tracking study takes place within the borders of a single display, be it a monitor, projection, television or scene camera view. EyeWorks, however, is far from typical. In addition to managing standard data collection, our software offers the opportunity to collect data across multiple displays simultaneously. This innovative feature is fully integrated into all components of the EyeWorks research model,...
By EyeTracking Inc. on 8/23/2011 3:38 PM
The semiautonomous vehicle is the future of the automotive industry. Innovations such as forward collision avoidance radar and lane departure warning systems are evidence of a clear trend - little by little, demands on the driver are being shifted to the car. It's easy to see how these and other safety advances could make our roadways less dangerous. After all, the vast majority of traffic accidents are the result of human error. Any technology that can take a bit of responsibility away from the guy fiddling with the radio and playing Angry Birds while traveling 70 MPH down the freeway is welcome.

But let's not forget the 'semi' in semiautonomous. A recent feature in Wired Magazine explains the risks inherent in the automation of certain aspects of the driving experience. While computerized assistance can improve safety in dealing with stressful situations, it may actually...
By EyeTracking Inc. on 7/26/2011 3:33 PM
Over the past hundred years or so, the word "promising" has been employed quite often to describe eye tracking technology - from the very first noninvasive eye data collection by Dodge and Cline in 1901, through Fitts' work with pilots in the 40s and 50s, right up to modern day uses in a diverse array of applied and research fields. Indeed, it is a promising technology. Absolutely, unquestionably, indubitably, there is great promise in the precise evaluation of visual behavior.

However, as noted by Jacob and Karn (2003), to be described as "promising" for such a lengthy interval is a dubious distinction. On one hand eye tracking must really hold promise or else it would have been discarded long ago. On the other hand, it raises a difficult question: when will this long-heralded promise finally be fulfilled?

I've worked in the industry for roughly seven years, and I...
By EyeTracking Inc. on 5/6/2011 2:12 PM
At midnight on Wednesday March 23rd two commercial airplanes approaching Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington D.C. requested permission to land. The tower responded with only silence. After repeated attempts at communication, both pilots were forced to navigate their descent through the darkness without the assistance of Air traffic Control.  The landings were successful and no one was injured, but when it was revealed that the controller on duty was asleep at his post, the story captured national attention.

Fatigue is unavoidable for the air traffic controller. The combination of long hours, monotonous tasks and high stress will eventually lead to physical and mental exhaustion, no matter how many cups of coffee are consumed. The event described above is just one of five cases reported in the past month. This is not a pleasant thought for the frequent flyers among us.  It means that at any given time as we hurtle through the atmosphere in a combustible tube traveling 500 miles per hour suspended 30,000...