Netflix Viewers Will Change Program with Just a Stare
Netflix has invented a way for its users to change what they are watching by staring at their screen and sticking out their tongue
The system, created by engineers in the company’s Californian HQ, would help those with disabilities — as well as those simply feeling too tired to move.
It lets iPhone users’ eye movements control a pointer on the screen to select things by staring at them. Sticking out your tongue takes it back a step.
The tech, made by software team Eye Nav, could open Netflix to a new audience.
A spokesman for Eye Nav said: “The same technology that enables Face ID is great for accurately tracking eye position and facial expression.
“We care a lot about accessibility.”
Other popular apps are already trialling new systems for people unable to touch their phones or tablets.
eBay has announced Head Gaze after intern Muratcan Cicek, an intern with motor impairment, created the control.
He said: “It allows you to scroll and interact on your phone with only subtle head movements.
“Think of all the ways that this could be brought to life.
“Tired of having to scroll through a recipe on your phone screen with greasy fingers while cooking?
Both developers say they hope their systems will be built into apps in the future.