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A Novel Eye-Tracking Device Designed with a Head Gesture Control Module

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.19-10-2021.171467,
        author={Shahid Karim and Muhammad Shakir and Ali Sheikh and Shahzor Memon and Halar Mustafa and Vishal Kumar},
        title={A Novel Eye-Tracking Device Designed with a Head  Gesture Control Module},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Scalable Information Systems: Online First},
        keywords={eye-tracking, head gesture control, data streaming, corneal reflections, eye movement},
  • Shahid Karim
    Muhammad Shakir
    Ali Sheikh
    Shahzor Memon
    Halar Mustafa
    Vishal Kumar
    Year: 2021
    A Novel Eye-Tracking Device Designed with a Head Gesture Control Module
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.19-10-2021.171467
Shahid Karim1,*, Muhammad Shakir2,3, Ali Sheikh4, Shahzor Memon5, Halar Mustafa5, Vishal Kumar1
  • 1: Faculty of Science and Technology, ILMA University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2: Department of Computer Systems Engineering, Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 3: Department of Control Science and Engineering, School of Astronautics Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • 4: Thatta Cement Company Limited, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 5: Department of Electrical Engineering, Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan
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In this paper a novel eye-tracking device designed which uses tiny CCD cameras to capture the eye image from the screen with the help of a video capture card. In the head gesture control mode, a light source projector is turned on and the CCD camera detects the position of the light source. The locations of the spots on the screen and on the image pupil of the eye image are calculated, compared with the previous point and are subsequently mapped to the point on the screen. The
movement increment-coordinate control is also discussed which could improve the ease of use of the computer. We investigate the use of non-rigid head fixation using a helmet that constrains only general head orientation and allows some freedom of movement. Device results simulated with the help of software which achieves excellent timing performance due to the use of live data streaming, instead of the traditionally employed data storage mode for processing analogous eye position data.