Besides the many accessibility options that are currently implemented in Windows, there will soon be another one.
Eye Control, the new feature to control Windows
Eye Control will give users the possibility to control and interact with Windows 10 using the eye movements. This feature will turn out to be extremely useful for someone whose mobility is limited, and it will be included in a future version of the operating system. But first, a beta version will become available for testing for Windows Insiders.
Empower everyone to achieve more
The project was born from Microsoft’s desire to empower users to achieve more, and it’s also a part of a challenge which was laid down by former NFL player Steve Gleason. Unfortunately, he has the ASL (neuromuscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and he wanted to use technology to overcome some of the limitations that the health condition imposed him.
Microsoft partnered up with the tech company Tobii in order to be able to make this whole thing possible. The target was to make it possible to control an on-screen keyboard and mouse with eye movements.
Windows Insiders can try out Eye Control in Windows
According to Microsoft, Eye Control will make Windows 10 more accessible by empowering its users who suffer from disabilities to operate a keyboard and an onscreen mouse with their eyes. They will also be able to have a text-to-speech experience using only their eye movements. All of this will require an eye tracker such as the Tobii 4C which will successfully unlock access to Windows’ ability to perform tasks that were only able to be accomplished physically before.
Eye Control is in beta for now, and everyone who is interested in trying it out can do so by signing up to become a Windows Insider.