Charles River Analytics Inc, developer of intelligent systems solutions, has partnered with EyeTech Digital Systems, maker of advanced eye tracking solutions, to develop a virtual reality (VR) headset with 500Hz integrated eye-tracking capabilities. The team will be showcasing the VR headset at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting and the 2018 Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO).
“EyeTech has been an ideal partner, given their expertise in custom eye tracking solutions,” said Dr. Michael Jenkins, Senior Scientist at Charles River. “They have enabled us to achieve comprehensive assessment performance on a mobile platform that could previously only be matched by expensive and proprietary laboratory setups.”
“The VR headset is able to project and track two eyes simultaneously in VR mode,” said Simon Prosser, Business Development Director for EyeTech. “Running at hundreds of frames per second, the system monitors and records in real-time a user’s microsaccades, pupil dilation, and other metrics in response to the VR experience. This paves the way for novel interactions and applications of mobile VR, including enhanced ‘immersiveness’ for entertainment applications or objective physiological response monitoring for potential medical applications.”
Charles River developed the VR technology used in the headset as part of ADVISOR, a multimodal interface solution. While we are currently using the headset to enable the exploration of VR-based concussion assessments, Charles River is also applying augmented, virtual, and mixed reality to help address a range of obstacles beyond warfighter health assessments, including the treatment of addiction, battle management command and control (BMC2) planning and execution support, roadway user hazard alerting, and immersive training.
To see the live demonstrations of the VR headset in action, visit the EyeTech booths at:
- The 2018 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting, April 21-27 in Los Angeles (Booth #652)
- The Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO), April 29-May 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii (Booth #1663)
About EyeTech Digital Systems, Inc: Founded in 1996, EyeTech designs algorithms, hardware, and software for eye tracking systems used in speech devices which help paralyzed individuals communicate and control their computer hands-free using only eye movements. The technology is now being incorporated into emerging industrial and consumer applications in medical diagnostic solutions for neurological testing, simulation and training solutions, vehicle safety, security, gaming, wearable VR/AR solutions and more.