Eye tracking technology has numerous applications, from entertainment to marketing research to assistive technologies. In fact, recent advances in the industry point to a future where few of our lives won’t be touched by eye tracking in some way.
Perhaps the most meaningful applications relate to medical diagnoses and treatment. Here are three wonderful uses for of eye tracking technology.
1. Eye tracking technology allows people with ALS to live fuller lives.
Patients with mobility-limiting diseases, such as ALS, can benefit greatly from eye tracking technology. Our Eyegaze Edge is an eye-operated communication and control system that allows ALS patients to communicate and interact with the world. Eyegaze Edge users are writing books, attending school, and communicating with their loved ones – all through the power of their eyes.
2. Eye tracking technology enables doctors to diagnose autism earlier in patients’ lives.
Research shows that infants who go on to develop autism not only look at faces less than other babies do, but they also look away from major facial features when a person speaks. Yale University School of Medicine researchers recently presented these ground-breaking findings that can help diagnose autism in children as young as 6 months of age. The researchers used eye tracking to carry out their studies and are hopeful that early detection can lead to social and behavioral interventions to help these young patients recover.
3. Eye tracking technology helps physicians diagnose concussions with more confidence.
Numerous studies on mild traumatic brain injury suggest that the shearing of connections in the frontal area of the brain are the cause of the memory and attention deficits that often result from concussion injuries. When doctors study patients’ eye movements, they can more quickly – and more correctly – diagnose a concussion so treatment can occur sooner.