First Ultrabook Prototype With Built-In Eye Tracking Debuts This Summer


Soon enough, you may be able to read your email or surf the Web by simply looking at your laptop’s screen. Tobii Technology and Synaptics are teaming up to unveil a laptop prototype with built-in eye-tracking technology and gaze interaction software.

This Ultrabook prototype will provide a preview of how Tobii’s eye tracking solution, known as Tobii Gaze, will be implemented in future laptops along with Synaptics ForcePad touchpad. The prototype won’t be available to the general public, but media and industry partners will preview the device throughout the summer and into the fall.

Tobii impressed us with its eye-tracking PC peripheral at this year’s CES, which lets you launch applications, select emails and play games hands-free. More recently, the company has made a push towards gaming with its Rex device, as Tobii demonstrated at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference. With Rex, players can stare at a character to provoke a reaction or use their gaze to lock targets.

Tobii is just one of several vendors focusing on bringing perceptual computing to future laptops and notebooks. Earlier this year Leap Motion announced that its upcoming motion controller will eventually come embedded in HP mobile devices, and Creative Labs’ forthcoming Senz3D camera will make its way to tablets and laptops as well.

MORE: Creative Senz3D Camera Spices Up Skype, Brings 2D Images to Life

The company will launch its Rex Limited Edition eye-detection device for PCs this fall, but right now the developer edition is available for app creators. Tobii is clearly focusing on implementing its technology into devices rather than pushing the Rex as an accessory, considering the company will only ship 5,000 units out to consumers in the fall.

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
Lisa Eadicicco on
Twitter Google+
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options