Already the world’s most advanced remote eye tracking system, the Smart Eye Pro multi-camera system scales to include up to 8 cameras, ideal for complex research environments, setups and situations. Today’s announcement of Smart Eye Pro 10 release includes a number of hardware and software components that will enhance user experience and significantly streamline product set up.
Smart Eye is always looking for ways we can improve our products for our customers. It’s really important to us that we continuously apply user feedback to constantly provide value to our customers with product enhancements. For researchers working in complex environments, the most common request was to make our systems even easier to use, and we are excited to be able to deliver on that today.
For our customers that already have the Smart Eye XO software, they can now upgrade it from 60 or 120 Hz frame rate to 120Hz or 250 Hz with a simple software upgrade, similar to our recent announcement of Aurora 250 and Expansion Box. This increased 250 Hz frame rate allows research groups to study eye movements in more depth, as it more accurately detects the start and end point of fixations and saccades. This is important in many research studies where short saccades are common. The increased frame rate also reduces the latency of the eye tracker output, or the time from when the actual eye movement occurs to when the data is calculated and output generated from the eye tracker. This low latency is a critical component in interactive psychology research such as gaze contingency research where what is being displayed on the screen depends on eye movements of the subject.)
Another new feature of this release includes our eye tracker management tool, “Smart Eye Go.” Smart Eye Go allows researchers to remotely control the Smart Eye Pro system, giving users the functions needed to operate the software, and thus get direct access to the data. This application is a simple user interface that allows users to calibrate gaze for the Smart Eye Pro system set up, which is a user-friendly addition that empowers researchers with more autonomy in their experiments.
In addition to this updated software release and application, a number of improvements have been made to the Smart Eye Pro hardware to ease the experience of use. In the past, our multi-camera setup could often be challenging to install in complex environments – such as flight simulators – as the user must be well versed in connections between the hardware components including cameras and IR illuminators and control hardware. This was not only a frequent customer request to streamline our system – for example, reducing the number of cables and freeing up valuable technical real estate in crowded setups – but a sustainable one as well. With the global component shortage being an ever-present issue, our updated hardware will also ensure that researchers have access to the hardware they need to conduct their valuable experiments.
The new hardware components include high resolution cameras, illuminators and exponator, which is our synchronization hardware to sync cameras and illuminators. The new exponator has improved diagnostic features that makes the system operation more efficient, as it clearly indicates if all components in the system are working as expected. Should something go wrong, troubleshooting is quick as it is easy to spot which part is failing.
All of these aspects enable easier and more efficient setup and configuration.
With the release of Smart Eye Pro 10, Smart Eye continues its mission to make complex research environments much simpler to set up for our customers, and help make their lives easier to conduct their important work.
Want to know more about how Smart Eye Pro 10 works? Get in touch, and we’ll be happy to set up a live demonstration.