Microsoft is planning to add native eye tracking to Windows 10.
The new feature is aimed at people suffering from neuromuscular diseases like ALS that keep the user from using the mouse and keyboard. Apps can be opened by gazing at them and typing can be done using an on screen keyboard and then looking at the characters with the integration of word prediction.
Dubbed Eye Control in Windows 10, the new feature will require hardware like Tobii’s Eye tracker 4C. Microsoft has worked closely with Tobii to enable this support, and existing devices like Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEye Plus, EyeMobile Plus and I-series will all be supported soon. Eye Control in Windows 10 is in beta now, and participants will need to sign up to Microsoft’s Windows Insider program to get access.
Microsoft has not made any official statement on when it will be made available to the public. It can be expected that the feature will come to Windows 10 by next year.