As a project project for my graduate studio, we were asked to explore how gaze could be used for purposes beyond inclusive design. This six week study consisted of three different phases for exploring how gaze could be used in interface design.
Phase I: Gaze Studies. Seek out potential applications of gaze-based interface through small studies. Explore two conditions for each study: infancy and maturity.
Phase II: Brad Tober Workshop. (not shown)
Phase III: Gaze Systems. Prototype an interactive system as a possible application for a gaze-based interface.
Software: Illustrator, AfterEffects, Coding for EYEnteraction Prototyping Toolkit – created by Brad Tober
Phase I: Gaze Studies
This is where I explored how gaze could work to show the preview of a web page without completely opening it. I also tested in this study how related web pages could be shown before, during and after a search. I tried several different options including a grid system, holographic categorization, a minimal search engine that leads to maximum information, and the idea of page leafing.
My second study was about how sound could be incorporated into a gaze system to enhance the usability for those who have degenerative eye disorder or are partially or legally blind. These consisted of how tone could be used to indicate text on a web page, how a programmed voice could read the text to the user, or the use of a sound vocabulary.
Phase III: Gaze System
For my final system, I created a web browser that loaded your search content into three dimensional cubes. As the users gaze glances over a cube, the cube turns and gives you a preview of the content that is on the related web page. The further the cube turns (related to the user’s dwell time), the more of the image preview it shows, as an indication that the web page is going to open soon. Another aspect of my gazed-based browser is the history panel. This is much like the history review page now implemented into major browsers, but the one in my system highlights other previously viewed web pages with related content to the one your eye is currently gazing over.