Exclusive: Valve, SMI Bring Eye Tracking To OpenVR

In advance of the 2017 Game Developer Conference (GDC), SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) revealed to Tom’s Hardware that it is collaborating with Valve to bring its eye tracking technology to Valve’s virtual reality platform. The two companies succeeded in pairing SMI’s eye tracking system with HTC Vive headsets, and now they’re integrating the technology directly into Valve’s open (as in, anyone can use it) VR platform, OpenVR.

Valve and SMI installed SMI eye tracking technology into a handful of HTC Vive HMDs and shipped them to research partners around the world so they can start experimenting with the possibilities offered by tracked pupils. Last week, Google revealed its mixed reality “Headset Removal” technique, which is possible thanks to SMI’s upgraded Vive headset.

Read more: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/valve-smi-eye-tracking-openvr,33743.html

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