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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:47

Free iOS game uses face and eye tracking

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A new free game for iPhone and iPad dubbed Umoove Experience: The 3D Face and Eye Tracking Flying Game is a strong demonstration of how head and eye movements can be integrated into a mobile game.

Umoove Experience is a first-person flying game that allows the player to experience flying through a 3D village just by facing the direction they want to go, with the objective being to collect purple potions which are scattered all over the game environment.

"Enjoy the 3D flying experience and test your skills by collecting the purple magic potions, which will give you more energy to continue exploring the village," the game description reads.

"The Umoove Experience is only the beginning! Think about the potential of this technology on other app and gaming experiences such as first person shooters, driving games, and other flying or running gaming experiences."

Umoove said it has been developing its head and eye-tracking technology since 2010, and the current game serves as a simple demo highlighting the ways the system could be used in other apps and games in the future.

Umoove said its goal is to supplement traditional touchscreen controls rather than replace them, and CEO Yitzi Kempinski told TechCrunch that the addition of head-tracking to standard touch controls is meant to mimic real-world experiences. 

"We're talking about adding another layer on top of touching, similar to what the mouse did with the keyboard — they didn’t throw out the keyboard, it actually added suddenly the ability to have another layer of interaction, so it's the same sort of thing here," Kempinski said.

"It's supposed to be something that mimics real-world experience. I'll give you an example… if you think of a first-person shooter, those games you play and you have to shoot, and then you have the joystick to move around and you have to drag the screen to move around the room. Basically what we do is simple: based on where you face that's where you're aiming."

The game also includes contains a link to request the SDK of the app, allowing for collaboration with other game developers.

Check out Umoove for yourself on the iTunes App Store here.


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