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Microsoft launches 'Eye Control' beta for Windows 10

Aug 05, 2017, 00:27
Microsoft launches 'Eye Control' beta for Windows 10

The company has made an announcement of performing a beta testing on Windows 10 feature eye control that will help disabled people to access the key components of the operating system.

Microsoft recently revealed that Windows 10 would soon receive support for eye tracking through a brand new feature called Eye Control.

The update is now rolled out the beta users and other users can expect these feature to land up on their Windows 10 PC soon.

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Microsoft is (clearly) just working with Tobii now, but says that it's open to partnering with other hardware manufacturers to develop broader support for eye tracking.

The default color values in the Console have also been improved in Build 16257 to make darker colors more legible on modern screens. Demonstrating the new feature could prove hard as there are not now applications that use the new colors. It is not a surprise given that Microsoft is struggling with its Windows Phone.

If you have used Microsoft Edge before you know that it comes with a very, very annoying selection feature when you select text in the address bar. For now, the development is in beta stage and users will need to sign up to Microsoft's insider programme to get access. In addition, Developer Insiders who are in the Office Insider program will see new support for using 3D images in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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So, a team of employees chose to take on the challenge and during a company hackathon built a tool called Eye Gaze Wheelchair, which allowed Gleason to drive his wheelchair with only the movement of his eyes as he looked at controls on a Surface tablet.

Eye Control will allow for some truly innovative control methods, such as gazing at an app to launch it or looking at letters on an onscreen keyboard to type out words and phrases. It will also feature predictive text. The feature will be tested in the computers that are compatible with Eye Control device. As described on the Command Line blog, it's overhauling the default colors in the Windows console for the first time in 20 years. This caught the attention of Microsoft and kickstarted their plans to integrate native eye tracking in Windows 10. You can also find out more details of the general bug fixes and improvements this Windows 10 preview update brings to PCs by heading the official Microsoft blog.

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