Proceedings: GI + CHI 1987

An evaluation of an eye tracker as a device for computer input2

Colin Ware, Harutune Mikaelian

Proceedings of the SIGCHI/GI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Graphics Interface: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 5 - 9 April 1987, 183-188

DOI 10.1145/29933.275627

  • BibTex

    @inproceedings{Ware:1987:10.1145/29933.275627,
    author = {Ware, Colin and Mikaelian, Harutune},
    title = {An evaluation of an eye tracker as a device for computer input2},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the SIGCHI/GI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Graphics Interface},
    series = {GI + CHI 1987},
    year = {1987},
    issn = {0713-5425},
    isbn = {0-89791-213-6},
    location = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},
    pages = {183--188},
    numpages = {6},
    doi = {10.1145/29933.275627},
    acmdoi = {10.1145/29933.275627},
    publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
    address = {New York, NY, USA},
    }

Abstract

Since humans direct their visual attention by means of eye movements, a device which monitors eye movements should be a natural “pick” device for selecting objects visually present on a monitor. The results from an experimental investigation of an eye tracker as a computer input device are presented. Three different methods were used to select the object looked at; these were a button press, prolonged fixation or “dwell” and an on screen select button. The results show that an eye tracker can be used as a fast selection device providing that the target size is not too small. If the targets are small speed declines and errors increase rapidly.