The arcade has been home to the initial appearance of many new interface technologies in the past and once again a new game is about to add to that line-up. A Swedish company called Tobii has developed a system capable of tracking your eye movements to control the game and the first game to debut using the technology is called EyeAsteroids. It is currently found at the Dave & Busters in Times Square as of yesterday, where it will be located for the next couple of weeks before heading off to London. As you can see above, the cabinet has a nice old school flavor to it. In the game you are Earth and you have to look at the oncoming rocks to blast them with a laser. Power-ups are also found in the game to enhance the action and you can move Earth around by moving your body. The reaction time offered by the eyes is much faster than hand controls. I certainly wonder what other applications could be created for the arcade scene using this kind of technology.
Tobii has produced a limited run of 50 units which they will be selling for $15,000 each for commercial or private use. Too bad it’s that high, it does make me curious to know how well it does on location. There’s more to see here on Tobii’s website.