Using in-ear electrodes mounted in headphones, Japanese firm DoCoMo has produced what must surely be the first mobile phone to be able to detect eye movement and translate it into on-screen interactions.
The eye-sensors work by detecting the variations in electrical signals given off when users move their eyes and as such it does not matter whether people have their eyes open or closed; the control still works fine.
DoCoMo has used these sensors to detect movement and then allow the user control over a range of basic functions.
These included answering calls, skipping tracks or pausing music with nothing but a few flicks of the eyes.
Unfortunately, the prototype is not going to make it into mainstream mobile technology any time soon, but the demonstration proved that touchscreen interfaces are by no means the pinnacle of interactivity for handheld devices.
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