SteelSeries’ Sentry tracks your eye movements in games

As Computex wraps up in Taiwan, we’ve got another big show on our hands this week: E3. SteelSeries has chosen that venue to introduce some new gear, including the Sentry Eye Tracker, a gizmo that can track your eye movements in games:

SteelSeries, which tapped Tobii to provide the eye-tracking tech, pitches the Sentry as a "virtual, visual coach." Here’s the skinny from the press release:

The SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker brings players an entirely new way to train for competitive gaming, by allowing the player to analyze a wide range of statistics based on where and how long a user focused, or fixated, on the screen. Fixations per Minute (FPM) tracks how often a user moves his or her eye gaze and attention around the screen; low values indicate that the gamer is able to process a lot of information. For comparison, FPM in eye tracking is the same type of correlation as APM or the total numbers of actions per minute a player can perform.
In order to provide gamers with a standard for their eye-tracking stats, SteelSeries is working with some of the world’s top-performing professional gamers to establish peak performance goals. This benchmarking will allow users to compare their eye movements in gaming sessions with those of professional-level champions. It’s these benchmark comparisons that will allow users to gain deeper insight into how to use their eyes to improve their game.

The Sentry is scheduled to arrive "later this year."

Interestingly, SteelSeries says the Sentry can be extended with ocular motion controls, which would essentially turn the device into a sci-fi game controller. No timetable is quoted that particular feature, though. All the press release says is that SteelSeries and Tobii are "working together to offer this functionality in the future."

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    • Misel
    • 5 years ago

    I’d use this as a device for my regular work and have the window I look at always be the active window.

    It kinda often happens to me that I have one program on the right screen and another on the left and forget to Alt-Tab when I want to switch.

      • Generic
      • 5 years ago

      Hey, that [i<]is[/i<] a good idea. I'd want a hot key to place my cursor at the point I was looking at too, if it were accurate enough.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 5 years ago

      Love this idea.

      No way they’ll do it. Know why?

      Cuz it’s too smart.

      • slowriot
      • 5 years ago

      Eh? There’s often times I’m looking at one window for reference while typing into another. If the window I was looking at were active this would be broken.

    • Chrispy_
    • 5 years ago

    I’m going to mentally file this under “products that sound cool but are actually not much use”

    It can slot in right next to the Leap motion controller.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 5 years ago

      Don’t forget the OCZ Mind Control Device and that controller orb thingie. Falcon something, I think?

      Yeah. Good times.

    • Meadows
    • 5 years ago

    In before possible use: [url<]http://9gag.com/gag/aD0vjVd[/url<]

    • drfish
    • 5 years ago

    Not sure about the negativeness here, sure I think the described use is kind of lame and pretty niche but on the other hand I am all for the commercialization and mass production of affordable eye tracking tech. There are dozens of more worthy uses and it’s been the domain of high price specialized equipment for too long.

      • liquidsquid
      • 5 years ago

      Totally agree. My mom suffered with ALS, and the eye tracking equipment was horribly expensive and the OS was a few generations behind. Windows XP last I knew with a clunky keyboard app. Would have been perfect on Android with predictive keyboards and chat or social applications. Not to mention Kindle, games, etc.

      Too late now, and the reason why you don’t see eye tracking control is these hosers have a corner on the market and are not letting it go. Patents galore.

    • renz496
    • 5 years ago

    so nothing will be left unnoticed then. next we might have something that can see directly into our mind. get ready with your tin foil hat.

      • Melvar
      • 5 years ago

      I don’t get why people are acting so paranoid. It’s just a webcam/kinect with some custom software. You can unplug it when you’re not using it.

        • ALiLPinkMonster
        • 5 years ago

        Yeah, I don’t think the government is interested in this kind of data. In fact I really don’t think they’re interested in a majority of the data most people seem to think they are. If some government employee is watching what I do on my computer, that’s more his problem than mine.

          • Melvar
          • 5 years ago

          How much would Uncle Sam have to pay you to watch me reply to this in my underwear?

            • Neutronbeam
            • 5 years ago

            I’D pay Uncle Sam to NOT have to watch you.

            • UnfriendlyFire
            • 5 years ago

            I pay enough in taxes. Is that too much to ask?

    • JohnC
    • 5 years ago

    Will it also “analyze” your web browsing habits, such as how long you stared at certain Ad banner with particular content? 😉

      • blastdoor
      • 5 years ago

      It will after google buys them

      • Generic
      • 5 years ago

      removed for redundancy

      • puppetworx
      • 5 years ago

      Exactly. This product has no value except as a market research/targetted advertising tool. No gamer is going to get better by staring at different areas of the screen for longer or shorter periods of time no matter how much that behaviour correlates with success. That’s like thinking that using Nike golf clubs will make you play like Tiger Woods.

      Ocular motion controls are really interesting but until they’re implemented and demoed this is a completely valueless device for a consumer. I hope nobody buys it, if anything you should be paid to use it.

      • oldDummy
      • 5 years ago

      Will porn track ALL body movement.
      …just saying.
      The possibilities are hmmm…yucky.

    • Melvar
    • 5 years ago

    So, it’s just a camera?

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 5 years ago

    I remember the outcry over the Xbox One’s Kinect always-watching feature…

    • NovusBogus
    • 5 years ago

    This would be really neat if it was an I/O device, like moving my eyes to the corner in an RTS means scroll screen. But it sounds like it’s just some sort of lame Big Data analytic tool? Meh.

    • willmore
    • 5 years ago

    Why would I buy something that I would immediately cover with tape so it can’t watch me?

    • xonarlover
    • 5 years ago

    Looks like the bastard child of the wii sensor and the xbox kinect.

      • crabjokeman
      • 5 years ago

      Maybe I can get an extension for my Google glasses that moves my eyes automatically based on output from this. Then my life would be wonderful!\

      EDIT: I really didn’t mean this as a reply. (I obviously wasn’t looking at the right place on the screen..)

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