An evaluation of an Eye Tracker as a Device for Computer Input


Since humans direct their visual attention by means of eye movements, a device which monitors eye movements should be a natural “pick” device for selecting objects visually present on a monitor. The results from an experimental investigation of an eye tracker as a computer input device are presented. Three different methods were used to select the object looked at; these were a button press, prolonged fixation or “dwell” and an on screen select button. The results show that an eye tracker can be used as a fast selection device providing that the target size is not too small. If the targets are small speed declines and errors increase rapidly.

Publication Date


Journal or Conference Title

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Graphics Interface





Conference Date

April 5-9,1987

Publisher Place

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

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Document Type

Conference Proceeding