Peripherals specialist SteelSeries has announced plans to launch an eye-tracking camera accessory designed to aid competitive gamers in analysing their performances.
SteelSeries' Sentry, developed in partnership with eye-tracking specialist Tobii Technology, is designed to track a pro-gamer's 'fixations per minute.'
Eye-tracking technology is nothing new: several laptops have been released into the market that use an in-built camera to track the position of the viewer's eyes in order to produce a glasses-free 3D stereoscopic image, while Samsung has used the technology to automate content scrolling and prevent the device sleeping on its smartphones. SteelSeries' creation is a little different, however: it's being marketed as a training aid.
According to the company, one of the chief indicators of a pro-grade competitive gamer is the speed at which their eyes switch between areas of the game display - rated in fixations per minute, or the number of times the eyes lock onto a new element over a 60-second period. The higher the FPM, the more effective the gamer is at reacting quickly - or so the claim goes.
FPM is traditionally difficult to measure, leaving pro-gamers instead concentrating on actions per minute (APM). The SteelSeries Sentry aims to fix that, using a high-sensitivity camera system to track the player's gaze and measure FPM in real-time while also storing the data for later analysis.
It's a niche product, to be sure, but one SteelSeries seems confident will be popular with the eSports crowd. 'We are constantly looking for ways to improve,
' claimed former Team Fnatic captain Patrik 'cArn' Sättermon at the company's announcement. 'Even improvement at a granular level, that will sometimes be the difference between death and victory.
The Sentry is being produced in partnership with eye-tracking specialist Tobii Technology with a view to launch later this year. Pricing has not yet been provided.