Posted in Neuro-Imaging, Brain-Computer Interface, and Human-Computer Interaction, Projects

John M. Ettikkalayil


Introduction

 A natural user interface is a system for human-computer interaction that the user operates through intuitive actions related to everyday, natural human behavior.  There are many devices and technologies currently out there in the market that can be considered a natural user interface, such as touch screen phones and motion sensing input devices like Microsoft’s Kinect.  In this video, we put forth the question, “what is the next natural user interface to change the way we can interact with computers and other devices?”  Some of us in neural engineering lab at the City College of New York (CCNY) believe that the next step in natural user interface is eye-control.  In the short demo video above, we explore an application for eye-control by piloting an AR.Drone with just our eyes.

Current Setup

Software:

  1. ITU Gaze Tracker (ITU Gaze Group)
  2. ARDroneForP5 (Shigeo Yoshida)
  3. Processing 2.0 revision 218
  4. UDP Processing Library

Hardware:

  1. Thorlabs Monochrome Camera (DCC1545M)
  2. Arecont Vision Varifocal Megapixel Lens 8-16mm (MPL8-16)
  3. Opteka HD² 37mm R72 720nm Infrared X-Ray IR Filter (OPTIR37)
  4. Giottos Mini Ball Head with Single Knob for Ball and Pan (MH1004)
  5. IR Lamp (IR010)
  6. Computer or Laptop with Windows 7
  7. Parrot AR.Drone version 1.0 (current setup doesn’t support version 2.0)

Custom Eye Tracker Cost*

No. Item Part Number Cost
1 Thorlabs High Resolution USB2.0 CMOS Camera, 1280 x 1024, Monochrome DCC1545M $345.00
2 Arecont Vision Varifocal Megapixel Lens (8-16mm) MPL8-16 $109.46
3 Opteka HD² 37mm R72 720nm Infrared X-Ray IR Filter OPTIR37 $14.95
4 Giottos Mini Ball Head with Single Knob for Ball and Pan MH1004 $12.99
5 Clover Electronics IR010 Night Vision IR Lights IR010 $34.89
TOTAL $517.29

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Does not include cost of AR.Drone