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The feature is currently in beta.

Microsoft have announced a new Windows 10 build which introduces a new Eye Control feature. The feature, as the name suggests, will allow users to control a PC using their eyes. Eye Control is in beta in Windows 10 build 16257, currently available for testers. .

In a blog post, Windows software engineer, Dona Sarkar, said that Eye Control "makes Windows 10 more accessible by empowering people with disabilities to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using only their eyes." .

Eye Control not only gives you another way of controlling a PC, it also tries to make it easier. One of the ways it does this is by introducing a "shape-writing" feature. This allows users to type by looking at the first and last letters in a word and simply glancing at all the words in between. The typed (or looked at) word will then be displayed on screen. If the word is incorrect, users can always choose and alternative word. .

As Eye Control is currently in beta, there are some issues with it that Microsoft are aware of. These include poor performance in direct sunlight and the potential need to recalibrate the feature when moving to different lighting conditions. .

To use the feature, testers must first purchase a Tobii Eye Tracker 4C. However, Sarkar does mention that support will soon be expanded to the Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEyePlus, EyeMobile Plus, and I-series. Additionally, the blog post states that Microsoft are "open to working with additional hardware vendors to provide customers a broader set of hardware options to enable this experience." Eye Control can be turned on by going to Settings > Ease of Access > Other Options > Eye Control. .

Other changes in build 16257 include improvements to Microsoft Edge, the Windows console, and the Windows Defender Application Guard.

Last modified on Thursday, 03 August 2017
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Sebastian Marcinkiewicz

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