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Windows 10's Build 16257 for PC introduces Eye Control feature

By Michael Low & Ng Chong Seng - on 3 Aug 2017, 3:00pm

Windows 10's Build 16257 for PC introduces Eye Control feature

Eye Control for mouse. <br>Image: Microsoft.

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 build to testers, and among the new features is Eye Control, an accessibility feature that lets people disabilities operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using only their eyes.

The hardware prerequisite for Eye Control (now in beta form) is a compatible eye tracker, such as the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C. Support for other Tobii hardware like the Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEyePlus, EyeMobile Plus, and I-series is coming soon, according to Microsoft. Take note too that only EN-US keyboard layout is supported at the moment.

Microsoft’s blog post has examples of scenarios where Eye Control will come in handy. Beyond eye-controlling the mouse and keyboard, there’s something called shape-writing, which lets you “form words by dwelling at the first and last character of the word, and simply glancing at letters in between.”

Eye Control shape-writing. <br>Image: Microsoft.

In other related news, Build 16257 for PC also brings several improvements to the Edge browser, including an updated design based on Microsoft’s new Fluent Design System. So don’t be surprised by the new acrylic look at the tab bar and button animations.

Source: Microsoft.