NUIA eyeCharm Enables Kinect to "Read Your Mind" With Eye-Tracking Tech
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Do you sometimes wish you could use Kinect with just your eyes? Well, soon that lofty sci-fi dream might just become reality thanks to the NUIA eyeCharm for Microsoft's motion-sensor device. Apparently, the technology will enable you to select items simply by looking at them, as well as enabling you to control games or seamlessly scroll through your web browser using your eyes.

"It feels like the computer is reading your mind once you use it," reads the eyeCharm press release. "You will never want to miss it again."

Normally, this kind of eye-tracking gubbins utilises pricey Infrared (IR) technology, but "with a little twist" the NUIA eyeCharm with Kinect can be transformed into an eye tracker device. Essentially, it's a clip-on extra for Kinect that's mounted over the front of the device to grant it eye-tracking capabilities.

A Kickstarter for the NUIA eyeCharm is up and running, with a target of $100,000. You can find out more about it below, and if you fancy backing it, you can head to the NUIA eyeCharm Kickstarter page here.


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Comment #1 by ModernViking
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 10:04:39 AM
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I must have this! I will pay any price!

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Comment #2 by UberPirateNinja
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 10:07:59 AM
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Is there something missing from the title of this news? Looks like it needs an extra word on the end.

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Comment #3 by BBowles
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 10:15:00 AM
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Interesting tech, but still seems completely useless when it comes to the majority of retail games. If I have to hold the controller in order to shoot, I might as well be using the thumbsticks instead of this. ESPECIALLY if I want to run one way and I see something out of the corner of my eye on the screen, and it changes the direction I'm running -_-

I can see it being handy on someone's pc for reading....but isn't the Kinect supposed to be a gaming device? I just don't see this being useful at all in that regard...but maybe the Kinect will actually find a useful place on people's computers instead of their consoles. seems almost like cheating for something like Fruit Ninja....

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Comment #4 by machonach0
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 10:17:00 AM
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@2- I'm not sure they should change it. The only reason I looked in here was to find out the end of that title.

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Comment #5 by iBlaise
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 10:20:02 AM
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@3 I expect it to be used mostly for Dashboard and in-game menus. I don't see anything about playing a game with your eyes...

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Comment #6 by BBowles
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 10:22:49 AM
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@5 The video shows a guy playing a first-person shooter, leaning out of cover to look around, among plenty of other games being played. Most of those games, the person still has to use the keyboard. Even in the Angry Birds demo, you have to hold down a button and release it. I don't see the point of making one part of the gaming experience hands free, when you still need the controller/keyboard....

Just seems like a pointless addition to a gaming device...

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Comment #7 by H0p3sfalL
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 11:26:25 AM
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Yes ! Now I can finally know what it feels like to be a pilot in the Macross universe xD

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Comment #8 by Baki54
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 11:38:58 AM
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Think about Kinect 2.0's ability to track the individual fingers. Now imagine looking at a game menu and selecting what you want with finger movement. How awesome would that be?I really hope this tec pans out.

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Comment #9 by Dark Anaconda
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 12:10:32 PM
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I never was interested in Kinect, but this feature sounds..awesome ^^

Controlling things with your eyes? Alright, now all i need is some Jedi Power ^^

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Comment #10 by iBlaise
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 12:47:47 PM
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@6 It's purely, say, a cosmetic addition. I'm pretty sure they'll still let you use a controller like the way they show in the video. Some gamers will like it one way, others will the other way. Remember that ultimately it's so Microsoft can make more money!

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Comment #11 by nothingface0
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 12:59:36 PM
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@3 Microsoft never said Kinect was a gaming device. They said that it can be used for gaming and more, when they first announced it they gave a bunch of examples of non-gaming things it could do. I'm sure most games that woe feature it would use it like a lot of games use Kinect just for certain features. Besides doesn't say it costs like 100,000? I doubt any games in the near future will be including gameplay uses for it.

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Comment #12 by ModernViking
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 01:16:47 PM
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@11 not 100k, that's a kickstart. Do you really think something like this will cost as much as a sportscar? fail.

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Comment #13 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 02:20:48 PM
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And the fuck I gave is halfway up thd road, can see the next xbox being nothing but expensive gimmicks, kinect is useless fact......from a gaming sense anyway which is afterall what its supposedly for

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Comment #14 by Zero fox fk
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 02:21:09 PM
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Sounds like more ways for Kinect to misinterpret my movements and annoy me.
I already have to turn it off when I watch YouTube because whenever anyone talks it thinks we want to dashboard.

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Comment #15 by l.maciver
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 03:19:44 PM
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achievement unlocked: you blinked.

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Comment #16 by sumthingchronic
Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 02:43:43 AM
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I think what everyone's missed so far is that this isn't endorsed by Microsoft and will most defiantly not work on an Xbox. And if i was listening to the guy correctly you have to change the coding to get it to work on a pc for games you want to use it with. As this is a kickstarter I'm pretty certain this will not be for xbox or xbox720/kinect 2. Don't get me wrong it's great but I just don't see the point in it unless you know how to do the coding on pc, unless the company making it works on coding the games for you so you can just copy and paste it into ur pc games.

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Comment #17 by XBOXSLIM
Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 06:42:54 AM
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Is it for Xbox360 ? Because if it is I'm buying it....

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Comment #18 by LifeMakesMeLOL
Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 03:53:13 PM
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A nextgen Kinect is already rumored to be packed-in with the new Xbox coming out later this year. Why would anyone want this tech for old hardware?

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Comment #19 by rianbattle
Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 09:04:20 AM
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this is awesome! now, even though i'm buying the new xbox later this year as mine's about to crap out, i won't have spent $80 on my used kinect for nothing! i think that's a point a lot of people are missing on that note, the xbox does have a new version of kinect according to all the information floating around, but where does that leave your current kinect? in the garbage? that's nice, some of us would rather use the device we paid extra money for(up to $150 for some folks) for something instead of tossing that money down the drain. if this isn't terribly expensive i would buy this for sure. using it for web browsing and reading would be fantastic, and i'm assuming by the time it's available for retail they'll have already figured out the programming bit they mentioned.

and another thing...this was never mentioned to be working on the xbox, there's no way microsoft would ever update the drivers on the xbox for it to be compatible without getting a piece of the action, so to speak.

i think this would be great to have around the house. my daughter ran off with my wireless mouse again? no worries :-)

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Comment #20 by Fullbrook
Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 02:46:24 PM
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@19 This does seem pretty cool. I don't have the conventional setup when it comes to my PC. (hooked up to my big screen) I almost pitched in the $50 bucks to get one but I wouldn't be able to use it much. The extra $20 shipping to Canada killed it for me completely.

I think it will be $60 retail probably since they had limited amounts at $50 (420 of them, heh) and the rest at $60, so seams logical to me, but I don't know a whole lot about kick-starter.

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Comment #21 by DirtDiver31160
Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 05:22:25 PM
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I like the idea of this kickstarter because it adds functionality to my Kinect long after the next Xbox comes out. I'm assuming that my current Kinect will not be compatible with the next Xbox, so when the next gen comes out I can at least use my old Kinect the browser Sci-Fi style.

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Comment #22 by DirtDiver31160
Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 05:23:43 PM
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*to browse Sci-Fi style.

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Comment #23 by agentnnc
Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 06:36:03 PM
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I'm down with this.

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