In the future, changing the channel might be as easy as blinking with your eyes. Haier demonstrated a vision control system for TVs at the 2013 CES, showing how simple eye movements could take care of tasks like adjusting the volume, navigating through a media collection and even browsing a news feed.
The setup shown at CES required users to sit between one to three feet away from the eye tracking camera, but Haier Product Specialist Kenji Higa said that the goal is to eventually have this work with distances of ten feet and more. That way, the sensors could simply be installed in the TV screen, and you could sit on your couch and interact with your TV just by rolling your eyes.
See the video here.
Why I’m Curious
Talk about couch potato tech. This is one of those technologies that sounds very futuristic, but clearly it’s on the way toward being a reality. With the arrival of the vision control enabled television, I anticipate other devices and even mind enabled tech on the horizon. (Apparently Haier didn’t announce any plans to distribute vision control enabled devices any time soon, but we’ll see.)