SMI Upgrades Eye Tracking Glasses to 120 Hz

    Business development is increasingly being invested in virtual reality (VR), using head-mounted displays (HMD) for practical uses and in turn creating more opportunities for the VR industry to sustain in the long run. Earlier this year SMI boasted an improvement in rendering at full resolution specifically for VR HMDs when Christian Villwock of SMI attended 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, saying foveated rendering at 250Hz was available for its eye tracking platform, launching upgrade packages for Oculuc Rift’s second development kit (DK2). SMI have now upgraded their eye tracking glasses to be used at 120 Hz sampling rate across the entire trackable field of view.

    The upgrade features reduced time in synchronisation for millisecond precise data synchronisation with technology such as virtual reality, and other data streams. Applications for the glasses include medical research, psychological diagnostics, performance sports, and even market research. The piece of technology is very much industry-heavy, with the video below explaining that it is “inspired by science, made for scientists”.

    Dr Thies Pfeiffer, University of Bielefeld, Germany, welcomes the decrease in synchronisation time, saying in a press release: “SMI’s release has the potential to significantly advance our research on gaze-based assistance systems. We expect a more precise differentiation of viewing time as 120Hz promises a better temporal fit and low latency synchronization with our motion tracking systems”.

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