SOURCE: EyeTech Digital Systems

EyeTech Digital Systems

May 16, 2013 06:00 ET

Thales Integrates EyeTech Technology to Win Crystal Cabin Award

Brings Eye Tracking to In-Flight Entertainment

MESA, AZ--(Marketwired - May 16, 2013) - EyeTech Digital Systems announces their collaboration with award-winning in-flight entertainment company, Thales In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity. Thales won a coveted Crystal Cabin Award for their "Eye Tracking and Gesture Control" system, which allows passengers to control the entertainment system using eye movements and hand gestures. EyeTech provided Thales with eye tracking hardware, software, and engineering integration support for their touch-free entertainment system, which ultimately won the 2013 Crystal Cabin Award for Passenger Comfort Systems.

"We have chosen EyeTech Digital Systems as our Eye Tracking Development Partner for their expertise and advanced engineering skills in developing the next generation of custom eye tracking system that meets our requirements and exceeds our expectations," said Brett Bleacher, Director of Innovations/R&D at Thales.

The combination of eye tracking and control technologies in seat-back entertainment systems is very user friendly, eliminating the need to continually look down at a remote control. "Eye tracking is a great solution for the seat configurations found in premium, first, and business class aircraft, whereby the passenger cannot reach the display touchscreen in front of them as it is too far away," Bleacher explained. 

EyeTech's engineering team has provided Thales with advanced technical support and continues to work with Thales in bringing eye tracking systems to the air. EyeTech's Director of Interactive Displays, Cody Hallett, notes, "I am thrilled that Thales has won the 2013 Crystal Cabin Award. Working with the team at Thales makes me believe all the more that eye tracking is positioned to become the 'next big thing' in human computer interaction."

The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international prize for innovations in aircraft cabin design. Seven awards were presented in 2013.

About EyeTech: Founded in 1996, EyeTech Digital Systems designs eye tracking hardware and software for the disability, consumer research, interactive display and ergonomic markets. EyeTech's experienced engineering team offers customized hardware and software solutions for everything from mobile devices to TV displays and other embedded solutions, improving human computer interaction.

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