A new USB Human Interface Device (HID) standard has been approved for eye trackers as a result of work done by Tobii (as the submitting entity) in collaboration with Microsoft, Intel and EyeTech DS.

This is great news for many reasons, not just for Tobii but for the entire eye tracking industry, users and developers. Essentially, this is a giant leap towards making eye tracking a standard control mechanism for consumer electronics, enabling more robust and widespread adoption of eye tracking technology across a wide range of devices and applications.

In other words, eye tracking technology is joining the family of mice, keyboards, game controllers, digitizers, touchpads, and other mainstream devices that have standardized HID usages agreed on by USB.org.

How it works

The new standard establishes a new device usage page coupled with usage idís which define data fields that can be delivered by an eye tracker and or head tracker.

In addition to standardizing the pure technical data fields, the standard also defines a minimum quality bar for eye trackers to guarantee that great interactive eye tracking scenarios can be created.

Read more: USB Standard Established for Eye Tracking - Official Eye Tracking Blog