Actigaze: New technology from Computer Science

24 June 2016

Actigaze™, fast and reliable eye gaze interaction for the agility impaired, is a new technology developed by Dr Gerald Weber and Dr Christof Lutteroth (Computer Science) that has won the Health Tech Award 2016 at the New Zealand MedTech CoRE conference, held in June.

With more than 200,000 New Zealanders suffering from agility impairments, which hinder them from performing precise movements such as controlling a device with a touchscreen or mouse, Actigaze is faster than traditional eye gaze technology - coming close to the speed and accuracy of the mouse.

Christof, who accepted the award for the team, was very excited about the pitches for the different projects during the conference and is “very happy that the years of work we put into the project is coming to fruition.”  Gerald, who is co-recipient of the award, is convinced that this technology will even be useful for the average computer user.

Professor Robert Amor, Head of Computer Science, is delighted with his colleagues’ success. “The Actigaze system is ground-breaking research as it has created a totally new user interaction paradigm for computers, totally hands-free, just directed by your gaze!  We congratulate Christof and Gerald on their latest well-earned success and believe we'll see many more as this technology takes hold.”

Actigaze™ is a patented technology in the US, Japan, South Korea and the UK. Gerald and Christof are currently working with end-users on a commercial release of the software. Actigaze™ is also currently being exhibited at MOTAT Auckland as part of the “Eyetrackers” exhibition and is also being evaluated by potential industry partners in the US.