eBay open sources HeadGaze, computer vision tech based on ARKit

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eBay is releasing new technology developed by its computer vision team that it says has the potential to transform the way people with motor impairments physically navigate through different applications. Dubbed HeadGaze, the technology leverages Apple’s ARKit and the iPhone X camera to track a user’s head motion so they can navigate the screen sans hands.

Similar to how a mouse navigates the cursor on a desktop, HeadGaze activates a virtual stylus that lets users point to any location on the screen with their head and activate designated “buttons”. Meanwhile, eBay said the technology’s design allows developers to easily integrate its features into existing or future apps with minimum code change.

The technology — spearheaded by eBay intern and PhD


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