Google Patents Eye-Tracking System To Read Expressions For VR

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Google may one day make our virtual avatars more expressive by tracking our eyes. Google, however, wants to use an algorithm to scan a user’s expression in real-time and then translate that into a virtual expression on their avatar. The cheery little diagram below shows you how slight changes in the size and shape of an eye could change what others see when they look at your virtual avatar. Google VR Industry News google

How Eye Tracking is Driving the Next Generation of AR and VR

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AR and VR are gearing up for a giant leap forward thanks to advancements in eye-tracking technology. The industry has been experiencing a boom in recent years with hundreds of startups and heavy investment from tech giants including Google, Apple, Samsung, and Facebook.

Google Acquires Eyefluence: An Eye-Tracking Startup With Big VR/AR Implications

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This new system would allow a user to control a digital device through only the movements of his or her eyes. Google certainly thinks so as it has just acquired Eyefluence for itself. Google will reportedly be releasing its Daydream View VR headset in the next 2-3 weeks.

Eye-Tracking Is Both Incredibly Important And Very Risky

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At CES last week one of my first demos was with Tobii and its eye-tracking technology. I left the demo convinced that once you’ve tried a VR headset with eye-tracking included you’ll never want to wear one without it again. Bringing Your Eyes To Life.

Google Acquires Eye-tracking Company Eyefluence, Reportedly Building VR Headset With Tech

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A report from Engadget published yesterday maintains that Google’s secret standalone VR headset “will integrate eye-tracking and use sensors and algorithms to map out the real-world space in front of a user.”

Oculus Acquires The Eye Tribe, Eye-Tracking Startup

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Facebook looks to up the Oculus ante by investing in eye-tracking technology. The Danish start-up released $99 eye-tracking device developer kits for computers in the past, as well as software that sought to bring ‘gaze-based’ technology to virtual reality and smartphones.

Valve, SMI and Tobii Preview VR’s Eye Tracking Future In HTC Vive

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Another is more robust hand and finger tracking , so the incredible variety of quick and precise movements in your hands are accurately represented in a virtual world. A look inside a headset with eye tracking from Tobii. Higher Resolution Headsets May Need Eye Tracking.

Exclusive: SMI’s ‘Social Eye’ Tracking Breathes Life Into Avatars

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German technology firm SMI (SesnoMotoric Instruments) is expanding on its previously disclosed eye-tracking technology to make social interactions in VR more believable. The system, dubbed “Social Eye” by the company, uses a blend of hardware and software to capture a user’s eye movements inside a VR headset, and translate them onto a digital avatar. ” SMI will be officially announcing Social Eye during CES this week in Las Vegas.

Google Shares New Research into Foveated Rendering Techniques

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While the idea itself is well understood; track the user’s eye movements and only render the most central area to the eye in high-definition, leaving the rest to fuzz in the peripheral unnoticed, it isn’t a fully solved problem at this stage.

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Google standalone AR headset tipped with eye-tracking technology

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We heard rumor awhile ago that Google is working on a standalone virtual reality headset that’ll also serve as a platform for augmented reality applications. Joining that rumor is a new spat of sources claiming this standalone VR/AR headset will include eye-tracking technology.

GDC 2017: SMI Is Working With Valve To Bring Eye-Tracking To OpenVR

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Eye-tracking is arguably one of the most important pieces of VR’s future, and SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) and Valve are working together to bring the tech closer to reality. As reported by Tom’s Hardware , SMI partnered with Valve to integrate its eye-tracking tech into OpenVR SDK and API, which will allow other companies to implement support into their VR software. We’re hoping to go eyes-on with this solution at GDC this week, so stay tuned.

Oculus Enters The VR Eye-Tracking Arms Race With ‘Eye Tribe’ Acquisition

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Oculus has acquired an eye-tracking startup known as The Eye Tribe , a company spokesman confirmed to UploadVR this morning. According to The Eye Tribe’s website, its technology, allows “eye control for consumer devices that enables simplified and enhanced user experiences. The Eye Tribe intends to become the leading provider of eye control technology by licensing to vendors in the consumer technology industry.”

Google buys Eyefluence, an eye-tracking startupGoogle wanst to.

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Google buys Eyefluence, an eye-tracking startup Google wanst to know everywhere that you’re looking. Today, Eyefluence announced that it has been acquired by Google. The eye-tracking interface startup founded in 2013 had raised $21.6M

Samsung Reveals 4K ExynosVR Standalone Reference Design With Eye-Tracking

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The reference design looks like it’s armed with cameras on the front, likely used for inside-out positional tracking. This Korean company confirmed it is implementing eye-tracking into the reference design. We don’t know what Samsung’s plans for the device are just yet but given that this is a prototype for potential future products it’s very possible any consumer products that come out of this design sport eye-tracking too.

Korean Patent Shows Samsung Gear VR with Positional, Face and Eye Tracking

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Positional tracking, face mapping and eye tracking are all highlighted in this single patent titled “Image Processing for Head Mounted Display Devices.” ” Positional tracking is a VR headset’s ability to understand its location in 3D space. It can track the movements of a user’s head as it moves side to side or up and down, but does not allow the user to lean in closer to virtual objects or to walk around a digitally rendered environment.

Mobile VR Headset Veeso Aims to Bring Face Tracking to VR

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Veeso , a recently launched Kickstarter project, is aiming to be the first to market with a mobile VR headset that tracks your face’s movement; a system that uses head-mounted infrared cameras to track both your eyes and mouth for a greater sense of presence in virtual reality.

Google to Feature High-resolution VR OLED Display for Wide FOV Headsets at SID 2018

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As first reported by OLED-info , an advanced copy of the event’s schedule maintains that a talk featuring Google hardware engineer Carlin Vieri will be taking place May 22nd. Yes, Google is researching foveated rendering too.

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Google & LG Detail Next-gen 1,443 PPI OLED VR Display, ‘especially ideal for standalone AR/VR’

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Ahead of SID Display Week, researchers have published details on Google and LG’s 18 Mpixel 4.3-in 1,443-ppi 120Hz OLED display made for wide field of view VR headsets, which was teased back in March. Human Visual System vs. Google/LG’s Display.

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Google is Developing a VR Display With 10x More Pixels Than Today’s Headsets

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Earlier this year, Clay Bavor, VP of VR/AR at Google, revealed a “secret project” to develop a VR-optimised OLED panel capable of 20 megapixels per eye. At 20 megapixels per eye, this is beyond Michael Abrash’s prediction of 4Kx4K per eye displays by the year 2021. “I’ve

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CES: LooxidVR headset will track your eyes and brain

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Previous winners in the category have included Samsung, for their Gear VR headset, and Google, for their Tilt Brush 3D/VR painting system. The result is that the headset can empower tracking its wearer’s brain activity, eye movement and pupil dilation.

Qualcomm’s Standalone VR Is Getting Embedded Leap Motion Hand Tracking

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What made the VR 820 so compelling was that it had 6-DoF tracking as well as integrated compute (Snapdragon 820) which was on par with all the latest flagship phones. It even had support for eye tracking, which we now know was through a partnership with none other than SMI.

Google Debuts Two New Spotlight Stories ‘Piggy’ & ‘Age Of Sail’

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Google heads to the Annecy Film Fest in full force with two, never-before-scene Spotlight Stories. Google returned once again with its interactive Google Spotlight Stories series, delivering a handful of gorgeous, lovingly-crafted VR adventures that push the boundaries of modern animation.

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Google’s VR/AR Team Seeks New Hire to “drive multiple hardware projects simultaneously from prototype to mass production”

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A flurry of new job postings suggests Google is ramping up a team to create new consumer VR/AR hardware that goes beyond their Daydream View headset. All of these products are Google designed and branded, marking a major shift for the company which has formerly largely focused on software.

Google ‘Foveated Compression’ Patent Filing Published

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Alphabet’s Google filed for a patent for a compression system specifically designed for frames produced by foveated rendering. Foveated rendering is a process which renders most of the view of a VR headset at lower resolution except for the exact area where the user’s eye is pointed, which is detected with eye tracking. That area in front of the eye — where humans perceive the greatest detail — is rendered at a significantly higher resolution.

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Hands-on: Google’s Standalone Daydream Headset Prototype with WorldSense Tracking

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Over the last 12 months or so we’ve been keeping an eye on Google’s aggressive hiring for its AR/VR team which, among other things, suggested that the company was working on new “mass production” hardware that would go beyond the simple smartphone snap-in Daydream headsets.

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Google Can Recreate Your Face For Better Mixed Reality Footage

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Google, however, showed off some impressive research that takes the technology to the next level. Using a collection of techniques, including a modified HTC Vive with SMI eye tracking , Google digitally recreates your face in place of the VR headset that is blocking it.

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Google Acquires Eyefluence Weeks before the Daydream Launch

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Eyefluence is company founded by William Torch and Jim Maggraff, with the goals to create eye tracking system that measures the intent of your mind, not just the motions of your eyes in order to control technology.

Google’s Standalone Headsets Use Snapdragon 835 VR Platform

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Yesterday we learned that Google is teaming up with Qualcomm to produce a new line of standalone VR headsets, made in partnership with companies like HTC and Lenovo. It was also said that the chip could be used for 6 degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking. It featured a 2560×1440 AMOLED display, 6DoF tracking, eye tracking, foveated rendering and and even hand-tracking by way of Leap Motion integration. Google HTC Vive Lenovo VR Industry News

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Google tries to remove VR headsets without removing them

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With some age-old “green screen” Hollywood magic, some 3D modeling, and eye tracking, Google has devised a … Continue reading. Archive google mixed reality research virtual reality vr

Google has made some neat tech that makes VR headsets "transparent" for MR use.

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pic.twitter.com/L4tln5SM8I — Google VR (@googlevr) February 22, 2017. Google has made some neat technology that makes VR headsets "transparent" for Mixed Reality use.

Funding Roundup: Google Acquires Eyefluence, Oblong Industries.

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Funding Roundup: Google Acquires Eyefluence, Oblong Industries Raises $65M & InContext Raises $15.2M Google buys Eyefluence , a company that specializes in turning eye movements into virtual actions, to boost its VR hardware.

HTC Registers ‘Vive Focus’ Trademark in EU & US, Likely Intended for Standalone VR Headset

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First revealed at Google I/O 2017 developer conference, both HTC and Lenovo announced they were building standalone VR headsets for the Daydream platform. Both HTC and Lenovo standalone headsets are basing their work on Qualcomm’s ‘VRDK’ reference device, unveiled at Google I/O in May.

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INT Announces 2228ppi High Pixel Density AMOLED for VR Headsets

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Both JDI and Google are presenting high-pixel-density displays at SID Display Week, with Google showing their 1443ppi OLED on-glass display there as well.

5 Talks You Won’t Want to Miss at VRDC This Week

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Making Daydream Real – Building for Google’s New VR platform. Nathan Martz, Product Manager, Google. We’re just days away from Google Daydream delivering a brand new ecosystem to what will hopefully one day be millions of smartphone owners.

VEC 2019 – All the most important news from the Vive Ecosystem Conference

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The SDK will support eye-tracked foveation and fixed foveation (like the one of Oculus Go); The Vive Focus will soon have finger tracking : for every hand, you will be able to have something similar to what Leap Motion offers. Lip Tracking module for the HTC Vive Pro.

AR & AI Storytelling Innovations in ‘TendAR’ from Studio Tender Claws

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Google’s ARCore technology was used for the augmented reality overlays, the Google Cloud Vision AI API for object detection, as well as early access to some of Google’s cutting-edge Human Sensing Technology that could detect emotional expressions of the participants.

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Signs of a new Samsung Gear VR are surfacing

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All of this is occurring as Mobile VR is about to be blown wide open by Google Daydream. All of the inside-out position tracking work being done at Oculus is targeting dedicated cameras, not using the built in cell phone camera.