NTT DoCoMo Demoes One Handed Grip UI and i Beam Eye Control Interaction (Video)
This week CEATEC 2012 is in full bloom, a Japanese tech show that includes a bunch of new tablets and phones, plus applications and services. Two products that stands out are the innovative “i beam”, an eye operated interface on a tablet and Grip UI, a side touch control interaction method.
We’ve been expecting interfaces to evolve for a while now and move on from touch control and button pushes. Now gesture control is already big and the next step is eye control and squeeze control. The i beam tablet from CEATEC allows you to move around the interface simply by using your eye sight and directing your eyes to different areas on the screen. Meanwhile, Grip UI allows you to get really good one handed control on the smartphone and even offers the visitors of the CEATEC booth a way to simulate a bus ride and only holding the phone with one hand, while squeezing the sides of the device to interact with it.
Back to the eye tracking technology, this one uses the line of sight detection with near infrared light, that can follow the eye of the user easily. The Grip UI relies on pressure sensitive sides of the handset, supporting up to 5 levels of squeezing. You can program the phone to combine squeezing and touches into more complex gestures. Also, by squeezing the lower side of the handset you can open the browser, while the upper side will trigger another action and all of them are customizable.
The idea of an interface controlled with the eyes is not new, but it certainly needed perfecting.