Sometimes you have to use your imagination to see potential gaming applications at CES. Just because a piece of technology seems to be rooted in medical science or otherwise, does not mean it can’t be used in games. Take the work of the Waterloo Labs division of National Instruments for example. They’ve managed to create a piece of technology that tracks your eye movements to control a videogame.
By using electrodes and some fancy computer equipment, Waterloo Labs can track eye movements by taking advantage of the polarized nature of the human eye. Based on those eye movements, Waterloo Labs can assign a function to each direction the eye moves. It felt using the game Whack-A-Mole would be a fun way to show off their technology. Waterloo Labs wrote its own Whack-A-Mole program to demonstrate how precise its hardware and software can be.
Waterloo Labs also managed to use this same technology to play Super Mario Bros. It’s a fairly simple demonstration that proves many gaming applications can apply to this eye tracking technology. It just needs a good original game idea to really catch the public’s eye (no pun intended).