Use Your Eyes To Perform Tasks On PCs

Posted August 05, 2017

Releasing Windows 10 Insider build 16257, Microsoft has updated the color scheme of Windows Console (CMD) to a new default.

The new build of Windows 10 is available already.

The feature makes Windows 10 more accessible by empowering people with disabilities to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using only their eyes.

In September (possibly), Microsoft will release an update to Windows 10 dubbed Fall Creators Update. The feature, now available in a beta, would allow people with disabilities to use only their eyes to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard and text-to-speech experience.

Yes, Eye Control is now officially live, albeit still in a beta stage, with only one piece of hardware supported right now - Tobii's Eye Tracker 4C. The feature requires an external eye-tracker, which Microsoft has delivered by collaborating with Tobii, a pioneer in gaming dedicated eye-trackers. Eye Control will also support other models like the Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEyePlus, EyeMobile Plus, and I-series in the future, as well as computers that have Tobii's technology built-in. While previously users need have a physical mouse and keyboard for accomplishing the tasks on Window 10, the new "Eye Control" feature will enable the accessibility with virtual keypad and mouse, with eyes only. Note that now only the EN-US keyboard layout is supported.

One of the interesting features of Eye Control is shape-writing. Paired with the operating system's text-to-speech functionality, users can have phrases spoken aloud. The address bar has also received some updates, where it will remain under the cursor as long as it's not in focus and you aren't clicking on it or dragging any text around.

Also in build 16257, Microsoft Edge has been updated with a new UI based on the Fluent Design System. You will see these strips and the attached configuration in the gallery images. Instead of a finger swipe from key to key, it tracks the user's gaze. If you select this option going forward, you will have your Windows Insider Program settings reverted.

The new feature works by allowing users to navigate around the screen by simply gazing at certain parts. In the Office apps you will be able to change the perspective of the 3D object and use transitions like Morph in PowerPoint, which will allow you to create cinematic animations between slides. The same Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (v16257) now brings support for additional default colours on the command prompt, giving users a dramatic change to Windows Console's legacy blue to improve its legibility.