Billed as a global first, a laptop allowing users to open files, play music and view pictures using just the power of their eyes was turning heads Wednesday at the CeBIT, the world's top tech fair.
The otherwise unremarkable laptop integrates cutting-edge "eye tracking" technology by Swedish firm Tobii that follows the movement of the user's eyes and allows him or her to operate menus and select icons.
The prototype is also good for the environment as it recognises when you are not looking at it and automatically goes into screen saver mode, saving energy, Tobii says. It restarts as soon as the user glances at the monitor again.
"It's definitely going to be in the laptops of the future," said Anders Olsson from Tobii. "You can do pretty much anything you would do with your normal laptop. The laptop is a Lenovo. We have requested detailed on the OS and other startup-related questions.
Along with the laptop, eye-movement tracking glasses, a solution for eye tracking during mobile use and and R&D eye tracker were presented.
Tobii has 4000 users worldwide. Their eye tracking devices are popular in academics and research.