Ground-breaking Eye Tracking Computer Featured at Computer History Museum
Tobii Assistive Technology (Tobii ATI), a developer of innovative eye tracking and speech technology solutions for people with disabilities, has announced that The Computer History Museum (CHM) is featuring Tobii ATI’s portable eye-controlled computer and communication device in their new signature exhibition. As an institution dedicated to exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, CHM presents, “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” which opened Jaunary 13, 2011, in Mountain View, CA.
The exhibition, more than six years in the making, will be the world’s most comprehensive physical and online exploration of computing history. As the first to bring eye tracking to the United States, Tobii ATI’s revolutionary MyTobii P10, a portable eye tracking computer, will be showcased among an expansive collection of one-of-a-kind artifacts and never seen before interviews with pioneers, spanning from the abacus to robots, the Internet, and beyond. Tobii ATI’s eye tracking technology enables computers to determine precisely where a person is looking. Instead of a keyboard and mouse, a person with a disability can simply use their gaze to type out words to turn into speech, or connect with others through e-mail, Facebook, the Internet, and manage their day — making independence easier than ever before.
“Our curatorial staff hand-picked Tobii ATI’s eye controlled computer for the exhibit, as it represents a revolution that has and will continue to change our lives for decades to come,” said John Hollar, president and chief executive officer of CHM. “The Tobii ATI P10 will also be part of our online exhibit. Everything that a physical visitor will see in “Revolution” will also be available to our Web visitors via the cyber-exhibit.”
In addition to Tobii ATI’s P10, the compelling display of technological icons selected for “Revolution” includes the Abacus, Hollerith Tabulator, Nordsieck Differential Analyzer, IBM System/360, IBM RAMAC disk drive, Shakey the Robot, Xerox Alto, Pong Prototype, Apple II, IBM PC, Palm Pilot, Google Server Engine and more.
“We are delighted to be a part of the world’s premier historical exhibition on the Information Age,” said Tara Rudnicki, president of Tobii ATI. “Technology has played such a critical role in the way we live today. Not only are we able to access vast amounts of information at our finger tips, we can also give individuals with communication disabilities a voice, a social life, and a way to live more fulfilled, integrated and independent lives.”
For more information about “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing” and CHM, please visit http://computerhistory.org.