Tobii's Eye Tracker 4C knows where your head is


— 10:30 AM on October 21, 2016

Eye-tracking specialist Tobii has replaced its first eye-tracking peripheral, the EyeX, with the more descriptively-named Eye Tracker 4C. The biggest changes in this model are the addition of head-tracking functionality, the inclusion of a dedicated ASIC for reducing system overhead, less-intrusive illuminators, and a change from USB 3.0 to a more ubiquitous USB 2.0 connection.

The company says its ASIC is the first of its kind, and that chip works to reduce the CPU overhead and power consumption from the host machine. The ASIC may also have something to do with the reduction in bandwidth and power requirements that allow the device to connect via USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0 for compatibility with more devices.

The 4C is also compatible with the Windows Hello feature that has been getting attention in the wake of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update release. More nebulous claims are made about "additional performance enhancements" with respect to eye-tracking quality.

The manufacturer says the 4C is compatible with over 40 games, including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Tom Clancy's The Division, and the upcoming Watch Dogs 2. The company expects the list of compatible titles to expand to over 100 by the end of 2017. The full list of supported games is here.

Tobii will begin accepting pre-orders for the Eye Tracker 4C on October 25 for $149. Shipments should begin November 25.

 
   
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