Acer's new gaming monitors have built-in Tobii eye-tracking

Curved screens are apparently here to stay, but that's not the only trick available to an intrepid gaming monitor manufacturer in the year 2016. Acer just announced a trio of gaming monitors, and while only one of them is curved, all three of them include built-in Tobii eye-tracking.

The standout is the Predator Z271T, a 27-inch curved screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, but many gamers might prefer the 240Hz refresh rate of the 24.5-inch XB251HQT, or the 2560 x 1440 resolution of the 27-inch XB271HUT. Whatever your flavor, all of the monitors have Nvidia G-Sync, so don't even worry about screen tearing (as long as you have an Nvidia graphics card).

So, what about this Tobii eye-tracking? Is that just a gimmick? Well, yes, pretty much. A few games offer support, including the recently released Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a couple Assassin's Creed games, and The Division. You can also (with difficulty) control your Windows desktop. The actual Tobii tech seems amazing, but nobody's really figured out what to use it for yet. I guess it's not a big deal if it's just there, waiting to be useful, staring deeply into your eyes, tracking every blink and flicker. Forever. Waiting.

Prices for these monitors start at €799 for the Z271T and €899 for the XB271HUT (that's the high resolution one). The screens ship in October and December, respectively; no word on US availability or pricing.

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There is a channel on youtube called squirrel who plays simulation games like Truck simulator and Train simulator etc. and he uses eye tracking. Man its so much convenient on those games as you have to many buttons and the eye tracking really helps instead of using the mouse to move direction

I’d really like to see games using this tech for more realistic depth of field effects, for example in Rust where it is de facto focused on the center of the screen, which makes aiming quite difficult sometimes (and forced me to disable it…).

Oh, and as a user experience designer / usability researcher, this is pretty amazing. Hope they give you software for eye tracking / heat mapping outside of just games

I have an EyeX bought to use alongside Elite Dangerous. Not quite as good as full head tracking, but means you don’t have to wear anything, just hit the play button and jump straight in. Pretty good tech, plus Windows Hello is always fun to show visitors

Do you have this feature?:

>Tobii EyeX with Windows 10 – mouse warp on move

https://youtu.be/SYwd9Lt1ve4?t=2m56s

As soon as you move your mouse, your cursor teleports to where you’re looking.
After the warp, the mouse overrides for a while so you can make the selection.

I don’t hear about the warping like the gaming features, so I’m never sure if it’s available in their hardware announcements.

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