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EyeMirror: Mobile Calibration-Free Gaze Approximation using Corneal Imaging

Christian Lander, Sven Gehring, Markus Löchtefeld, Andreas Bulling, Antonio Krüger

Proc. International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM), 2017.


Abstract

Gaze is a powerful measure of people’s attracted attention and reveals where we are looking at within our current field of view. Hence, gaze-based interfaces are gaining in importance. However, gaze estimation usually requires extensive hardware and depends on a calibration that has to be renewed regularly. We present EyeMirror, a mobile device for calibration-free gaze approximation on surfaces (e.g. displays). It consists of a head-mounted camera, connected to a wearable mini-computer, capturing the environment reflected on the human cornea. The corneal images are analyzed using natural feature tracking for gaze estimation on surfaces. In two lab studies we compared variations of EyeMirror against established methods for gaze estimation in a display scenario, and investigated the effect of display content (i.e. number of features). EyeMirror achieved 4.03° gaze estimation error, while we found no significant effect of display content.

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@inproceedings{lander17_mum, title = {EyeMirror: Mobile Calibration-Free Gaze Approximation using Corneal Imaging}, author = {Lander, Christian and Gehring, Sven and L{\"{o}}chtefeld, Markus and Bulling, Andreas and Kr{\"{u}}ger, Antonio}, year = {2017}, doi = {10.1145/3152832.3152839}, booktitle = {Proc. International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM)} }