A Swedish company named Tobii has been developing a way for users to control their laptops and desktop computers with their eyes. Within a couple of years, this fuctionality will be available to the general public.
How does it work?
Illuminators at the bottom of the computer screen send invisible light to your eyes. Sensors allow the device to know where you are looking.
What are some of the key features?
- When you read a page, it will automatically scroll down as fast as you read.
- You can glance between different emails as quickly as your eyes can move.
- You can even play video games!
What does this mean for travel industry-related website design?
Should the demand for mouse-free navigating take off, it would be wise to be ready in advance to add this feature to your website design. You will need to integrate website design best practices along with this new techonology. Be sure it is easy for website visitors to get from one area of your website to another. Online reservation booking engines will also need to be straightforward to users. As eye tracking is accurate within a quarter of an inch, spacing of existing website elements will be something to scrutinize.
In the next couple of years, get ready to be amazed by this incredible technology that will change the way we now use computers. With handsfree navigating on the horizon, one thing is certain: mouse sales will surely plummet.