Gaze controlled games

  • Poika Isokoski
  • Markus Joos
  • Oleg Spakov
  • Benoît Martin
Long Paper

Abstract

The quality and availability of eye tracking equipment has been increasing while costs have been decreasing. These trends increase the possibility of using eye trackers for entertainment purposes. Games that can be controlled solely through movement of the eyes would be accessible to persons with decreased limb mobility or control. On the other hand, use of eye tracking can change the gaming experience for all players, by offering richer input and enabling attention-aware games. Eye tracking is not currently widely supported in gaming, and games specifically developed for use with an eye tracker are rare. This paper reviews past work on eye tracker gaming and charts future development possibilities in different sub-domains within. It argues that based on the user input requirements and gaming contexts, conventional computer games can be classified into groups that offer fundamentally different opportunities for eye tracker input. In addition to the inherent design issues, there are challenges and varying levels of support for eye tracker use in the technical implementations of the games.

Keywords

Computer games Eye tracking Taxonomy 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Poika Isokoski
    • 1
  • Markus Joos
    • 2
  • Oleg Spakov
    • 1
  • Benoît Martin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer Sciences/TAUCHIUniversity of TampereTampereFinland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyDresden University of TechnologyDresdenGermany
  3. 3.LITAUniversity of Paul Verlaine, MetzMetz Cedex 1France

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