talk@xlabs.com.au

Help

Help me! Are you looking for the software user manual? Otherwise you may be wanting to download our browser extension – this is how we now package our software. We also how provide Eye-Gaze tracking for websites and other marketing materials, hosted at EyesDecide.com Developers should go to their own special place. The developer manual is here. Please feel free to contact...

Making computing accessible to everyone: Mouse and Keyboard emulation

We’re excited to share an exciting new application for xLabs technology. We’ve developed an assistive technology tool that emulates mouse and keyboard function. It is available free of charge in the latest version of our client software. Using head movement, users can direct the mouse cursor around the screen and clicks by staring at a spot for a couple of seconds. It’s so accurate it can be used to surf the web and use the computer in general. In keyboard mode, specific <ENTER> and <SPACE> keypresses are generated by specific head movements. Assistive software often provides useful functionality if these two key events can be captured. The functionality is particularly useful for individuals who are unable to use mouse and keyboard input easily, but can still move their head and eyes. Some forms of Cerebral Palsy result in this condition. The technology works outside browser as well as within it (thanks to the Java Robot API), so it can be used with any software application. Here’s a video of the mouse emulation in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWAJyk0DQoA This assistive technology furthers our goal to make interactive computing a more natural and human...

Showing some love to the Australian gamer and developer community @ PAX AU

The xLabs team will be attending the Penny Arcade eXpo (PAX) – the ultimate celebration of gamer culture. PAX Australia will be held in Melbourne from October 31 to November 2 2014. We’ll be showcasing some of the early applications and games that have been developed with xLabs technology. We’re also keen to speak to gamers and talented indie developers who are excited by the potential of xLabs technology to improve the gaming experience. If you’re heading to PAX, come and say Hi !!! We’ll be in stand 2504 (just behind...

xLabs presents @ 3D Printing Showcase 2014

xLabs joined Scann3d at the 2014 3D printing technology showcase in Melbourne. xLabs used its SDK to help Scann3d provide an interactive public display of their 3D photogrammetry & modelling technology. Scann3d provided a model of Hosier Lane, Melbourne, and we combined this with WebGL and webcam head tracking, to allow visitors to explore the model. Note only a single ordinary webcam was used for this display, and the system was written in a few lines of Javascript and HTML. The event was great, with a steady stream of visitors and lots of interest in all the technology on display at the event. Here’s a video of one punter enjoying the interactive display: xLabs @ 3D Printing Showcase 2014 Note xLabs also provides an app for visualizing 3D models on a 2D screen: xLabs 3D object viewer app More info about the showcase here:...

Hack Night #001

xLabs hosted our first Hack Night last night (Thursday) at Melbourne University. We invited developers to find some new uses for our tech. Impressively, several groups managed to produce proof-of-concept apps within about 4 hours and hopefully will complete their projects over the next few days! We loved all of the ideas people had, especially Justin’s implementation of Dasher, a unique text input system that doesn’t require a keyboard. A lot of feedback on the installation, documentation and interface for our software will go into the next version, making it better than ever. Many thanks to everyone who attended, hope to see you all next...

Attention is key

Data and analytics company Chartbeat has added time-based ad data to measure audience engagement (source). It measures the amount of time an ad is visible in the foreground tab of the browser, as a proxy of the amount of attention given to the ad. Of course which part of the the page the audience is actually looking at is the ultimate measure of attention. Chartbeat’s offering shows that the industry is already moving towards the ultimate goal of directly measuring audience...

Gaze-based user authentication

An interesting paper on the use of gaze sequences to verify the identity of a computer user (Maeder et al, 2004). They show an image to the user and record the order in which they naturally look at the features in the image. This sequence is used as a “signature” to uniquely identify the user. Anyone want to build a gaze-sequence based web authentication system using our...

xLabs patent submitted

We are pleased to announce that xLabs has provisionally filed US patent application No. 62/006,428 covering the unique technology used in our eye/gaze tracking system. The title of the patent is “POSE-INVARIANT EYE-GAZE TRACKING USING A SINGLE COMMODITY CAMERA”.  The inventors are our co-founders David Rawlinson and Alan Zhang....