Eye Control in Windows 10
Windows 10 is breaking the norms with its latest version. V1803 2018 update has introduced ease of access setting with eye control feature that allows you to move your cursor using the movement of your eye. This update, still in beta phase, was specifically made for people who require accessibility while using any technology. In this post, we will mention steps that can help you use the eye control feature in Windows 10.
Eye Control Devices
The eye control feature utilizes special hardware from companies such as Tobii and EyeTech. The supported hardware by EyeTech is limited to TM5 Mini but Tobii’s list includes EyeX, EyeMobile Mini & Plus, I-Series+, EyeTracker 4C, PCEyeMini and Explore, and Dynavox PCEye Plus.
The function of the eye control device is to pinpoint your line of sight on the screen, turn that point into a cursor and move the cursor along the movement of your eyes.
Enabling Eye Control in Windows
To enable Eye Control feature, go to Settings -> Ease of Access -> Eye Control. Enable this feature by selecting Turn on the option which will, in turn, open a control panel type LaunchPad. The LaunchPad has many functionalities and to use them you need to look at it for a specific amount of time which has been named Dwell Time by Microsoft and this process is called Dwelling.
How to use the mouse using Eye Control
In order to control the mouse cursor, you need to follow the steps given below:
Step 1: Dwell on the LaunchPad by looking at the Precise mouse button.
Step 2: Now, look at anywhere on the screen where you want the cursor to be.
Step 3: Once your cursor is where you want it to be placed, you can use any of the four mouse functions i.e.
For the left side: double-click on top and left-click on the bottom.
For the right side: close on top and right-click on the bottom.
Any action can be canceled by simply looking off the screen.
Other functionalities that can be used with Eye Control are:
1. Scrolling: You can also scroll through your apps using this feature by dwelling on Launch Pad’s Scroll button and then look up, down or sideways to scroll in any direction you desire. You can also increase the speed of scrolling by dwelling a bit longer on the button.
2. Typing using Eye Control keyboard: To type via Eye Control, dwell on the keyboard button and then on the keyboard characters you want to use. Right now, this feature can support US English layout for keyboards and has text-prediction functionality as well.
3. Shape Writing: You can also do shape writing with Eye Control. Simply dwell on its button present on Launch Pad to turn it on.
4. Text to Speech: You can also use text to speech feature by dwelling on its button. Type the sentence using the keyboard and then select ‘Play’ to turn it into speech. But you will need to configure your speech feature beforehand by going to Start -> Settings -> Time & Language -> Speech and select the voice of your choice from the menu.
As of now, Eye Control is in its nascent stage where a bit of bright light or changed eye color or different eye size can hinder in eye detection and location but Microsoft is working on it to make it more accessible. So, let’s wait and see what the next update brings.