My OS X idea

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  1. Peyton macrumors 68000

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    I don't know if they could do this in leopard, or 10.6, or 10.7, but it seems to me that because Macs are coming with isights, apple could get creative with what they do with it.

    idea...

    Use the isight to watch the iris of your eyes and as you look down, the page scrolls with you so that you are always looking at the center of the screen (of course this would get annoying in some things so you would need to turn it off)

    Use in games, first person shooters etc.

    I think it would be really helpful for MBP and MB users because while the new scroll pad is nice, this makes it a lot cooler and easier imo.

    thoughts?
     
  2. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Interesting idea, but I think people's eyes move around too much for it to be very practical.
     
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    How would you have the iSight focus on just your eyes? Everything else that moves would add "noise" to the signal. Just moving your head would throw off the entire system. It just doesn't seem practical considering our current level of technology.

    I like people who think outside the box, but you are so far outside the box you left the warehouse entirely.
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I agree, this would not be practical at all. The sensitivity required would be significant, and as a result, your screen would be hopping all over the place.

    Plus, what about those of us with photographic memories who simply scan a page as a whole, or who have wide fields of vision such that our eyes don't even move that much?

    And what happens if you blink? Does that constitiute a mouse click? Left click = left eye, right click = right eye? ;) :p :D

    Wow, there would be a lot of users ending up with headaches with that system in place - both from the eye strain as well as the frustration! :D :cool:
     
  5. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    No, but maybe you could just use hand or other signals. (flicking your finger upward would cause the screen to scroll up, shaking your head triggers the 'cancel' button, etc.) They've been doing this at MIT for a while. Seems interesting. If the isight could recognize certain motions, it could control a lot of things.
     
  6. uaaerospace macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for my daily outburst of laughter. :D
     
  7. Josh macrumors 68000

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    Interesting idea, but it's one of those ideas that would destroy itself upon success.

    If it worked be seeing when you looked down, then scrolling the page, making it so you would always stare at the center of the screen...well, if you're staring always at the center of the screen, it's not going to be very functional, since it needs you to look down to scroll.

    And constantly forcing myself to look down in order to make my computer scroll would be far too much eye movement and would give me a massive headache in seconds.
     
  8. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I think we're just going to have to wait for some kind of neural interface. Ok, so I've just been watching Star Trek...
     
  9. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Here's something along those lines: iGesture, based on gestures in front of a videocamera. It can't resolve details such as eye movement, but it can recognize specifically colored objects and be trained to react to their movement.

    Movie of the system in action on an iMac
     
  10. neocell macrumors 65816

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    Definitely a neat idea, but why not make your iris be the mouse placer (ie where you look the mouse goes). Sort of like what the military is working on for fighter jets and what not for targeting. JHMCS
    Click a button on the keyboard and now your eye controls where the mouse goes. Could be cool
     
  11. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe this will happen in like 20 - 30 years. Right now, no one believe this will ever happen but later in the future it might! We'll never know! :)
     
  12. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    What happens when you have an eyelash in the eye? The possibilities are endless.

    I think it's an interesting idea. Perhaps, bluetooth contact lenses would be able to work better. You might even be able to put the 3D display in there. :)
     
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

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    We won't need cameras watching our movements once brainwave patterns can be monitored and interpreted accurately. Put on your headset, think "left", and the cursor will move left. The interesting part will be when you see a DELETE ALL FILES button on the screen and think to yourself "be sure not to CLICK THAT BUTTON!"
     
  14. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Not very practical for those Mac users unlucky enough to have a glass eye...
     
  15. backupdrummer macrumors regular

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    I would think that this would strain ones eyes. I already have to get up periodically due to eye strain.

    I could see the use of the embedded iSight as a input device for sitting back from ones computer kind of like the iGesture think. Pretty much like signlanguage for your computer. I remember a few months back thier was a videogoin around with a touch interface that is similar to one that Apple has patented. I think it would be pretty slick if you could have a touch like inter face that doesn't require touching anything mainly used in for navigation.

    think of Front Row Vocal command "Launch Front Row" then you get all jazz handy for navigating a flash of the hand is a selection and twirling your index finger is used to navigate through menus just like the scroll wheel.

    Now that would be slick. The best part is then i could use it on my antique iMac G5 Rev B since it wouldn't need an infared port :)
     
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    Regarding weird and wacky input methods, has anyone tried that FrogPad thing?
     
  18. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    If you think about it, it wouldnt work!

    The screen would be all over the place. Because say you looked at something in the top right of screen, the mac would then move that to the centre of the screen so you would have to move your eye to where it had moved to. You would be constantly moving your eyes and only be able to read stuff when looking ded centre of the screen.

    The technology is already available I saw something on TV the other day where a camera watches your eye and detects where the pupil is looking in relation to the screen and so draws a cursor at that point. The crazy thing was the computer was powered purely by brain power. The guy had to write a given sentence using just his thoughts. He controls the cmputer by imagining moving parts of his body. It took a while but the guy did it (wrote the sentence).
     
  19. Peyton thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I understand your issues with it, and they are all warranted.

    *Let me come back into the 'warehouse' and make a little more sense of this*

    Of course it would get annoying if it was moving all the time, but it would have a couple second delay, and the work so that it doesn't work with every eye movement, just those that are focused on an object or text, and then naturally look down (or over or what not)


    The beauty of it would be that (sorry about your glass eye) but for everyone else, it can recoginize 2 similar objects about an inch or so apart with whiteness around, and black centers. (doesn't leave any racial groups out :p )

    Like I said, it might not happen but I think its important to not just be happy with keyboards and mice for the end of eternity, yeah the brain wave thing would be cool but, I don't know, thought it COULD be cool if implimented correctly.

    Sidenote, stick an isight on all ipods and get rid of the clickwheel, then make people roll their eyes to search through their songs... now that would give me a headache!
     
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Or even worse, two glass eyes... :cool:
     
  21. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Lifting middle finger vertically could stand for Force Quit Microsoft Word....
     
  22. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Nice idea but i don't want my computer watching me moving when i move...i'm already creeped out by the voices on it.

    changing your garments in front of the computer will take you directly to a porn site.


    Bless
     
  23. zelmo macrumors 603

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    <finds rag, wipes soda off of keyboard and mousepad>:D
     
  24. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Those of us with Dwayne's Syndrome or lazy eyes will have quite a time. :)
     
  25. balamw Moderator

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    Proving once again that Apple is more efficient. That takes three fingers and more on Windows.

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