Not only were new phones announced at Mobile World Congress. Some companies were showing off cell phone accessories instead. NTT DoCoMo had some new eye-controlled earphones on display. Eye movement is detected by electrodes and allows the users to send commands to their device. In their demonstration a user issued commands to their MP3 player like play, pause, and skip.
Apparently our eyeballs have minute electrical potential that can be measured by sticking electrodes in our ears. Specific eye gestures can be recorded to perform virtually any command on a smartphone (cross your eyes to send a text message).
Highlights of the eye-controlled earphones include:
- Wear only earphones: Eye movement detected by electrodes on the earphones (EOG).
- Control by moving eyes: Music players and cellular phones can be controlled by eye gestures.
- Simple, silent, and hands free: “Hands-free” and “voice free”. It even works with your eyes closed.
What do you guys think? Could this be the answer to hands free control while driving?