Microsoft researchers develop assistive eye-tracking AI that works on any device

Gaze tracking has the potential to help people living with motor neuron diseases and disorders exert control over their environment and communicate with others. But estimating a person’s gaze isn’t a trivial task owing to variables including head pose, head position, eye rotation, distance, illumination, background noise, and the presence of glasses, face coverings, and assistive medical equipment. Commercially available gaze trackers exist they use specialized sensor assemblies but they tend to be expensive, costing up to thousands of dollars. Inexpensive software-based trackers, on the other hand, are often prone to lighting interference.

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