Head-tracking screens will keep your attention


Ray Bradbury warned us, and now his dystopian vision of the future is a step closer. Students at the University of Texas-Austin have created the first head-tracking screen which follows your gaze, thereby preventing you from looking away from it. How did they do it, you ask? They used a pico projector and a camera which tracks the viewer’s line of vision. So far, this system has only been tested with a first-person shooter game and a flight simulator, but it seems to work great for both those purposes.

As of now, this is still a student project, and there are some imperfections. The viewer must be sitting precisely in front of the head-tracker in order for it to work, and the screen that the pico projector displays isn’t that impressive. Oh, but imagine the possibilities! On a positive note, this sort of system will make for some intense, immersive gaming experiences. But on the negative side, imagine TV that you can’t look away from. Advertisers are gonna love that! Of course, we’re a long way away from a Fahrenheit 451 scenario, but once people become used to head-tracking and eventually eye-tracking screens, we’re probably all done for.

Check out this video to see it in action.

Via Pico Projector Info via Pop Sci via Gizmodo

Picture via Critics At Large

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