You Can Launch Windows 8 Apps By Looking At Them

Touching a screen is so tiring. I don't want to move my hands: there must be an easier way to launch Angry Birds. Can't I just look at an app to launch it? Wait, I can? Wow.


Tobii is a company that specializes in eye-tracking technology, and it's just developed software that works with Windows 8. Using Tobii's "Eye control device" — essentially a fancy web cam — the software can tell which parts of the screen your gaze is focussed on, with enough precision to detect which app you're interested in launching.

Tobii claim to be able to emulate every swipe motion available on Windows 8, too. While it doesn't sound practical for use with a phone or tablet, it makes sense for touch-screen desktops, because reaching out and touching your monitor still feels a bit weird.


Decreasing the amount of physical contact by using clever tricks like this could well push touchscreen desktops into the realm of actually being useful. In the meantime, it's also just pretty neat. [Tobii via Ubergizmo]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

I've used tablets and smart phones, which are handheld, but can't imagine a touchscreen on a desktop or laptop. I feel like ergonomically it might be quite annoying to use a touchscreen on a vertical laptop or desktop screen. Of course I've never tried to use an all-in-one PC with a touch screen monitor so I can't say I have ever tried it.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that with a touchscreen, I'm used to have it in my hands or on my lap where as a laptop or desktop are often sitting on a table or something and the screen orientation is a lot different. I feel like a keyboard and mouse are still much easier to use for these kinds of screens.