ComputerVision… literally

They’re called smartphones for a reason, and beginning next year, Android cell phones will implement technology allowing users to control their devices with their eyes, giving the term ComputerVision a much more literal meaning.

The technology, developed by Senseye, is a form of ComputerVision which uses the combination of a camera, algorithms and a user’s eyes to not only sense what a user is looking at but also control and use programs and applications without the user needing to do so much as lift a finger.

The benefits of eye controls seem to be limitless. In addition to allowing users to play games on their phones, open programs, or use automatic scrolling in browsers, it could also serve useful to handicap or paralyzed individuals who don’t have function of their hands but still want to use phones or computers.

But just how far-fetched is this technology? Is it more novelty that useful? And just as the use of computers has given rise to potential problems with carpal-tunnel syndrome, could eye-controlled technology have a negative effect on vision?