This morning, the EyeTribe announced via an email to their customers that they would stop the development of their products. The particular reason is rather vague (“we’ve decided to go in a different direction with our technology“), and researchers across the board are not happy. The EyeTribe was the only real option for cheap eye tracking: It was great for demonstrations, for pupillometry and fixation control, it had a very elegant API, and the hardware was great for how much you paid for it. Best of all: It didn’t come with the restrictive licenses that almost all of the EyeTribe’s competitors use to milk their customers for more money. I, for one, am sad about the loss of this great company.
This guide will teach you how to install PyGaze and its dependencies on Linux. The guide is written for Debian 8, but the same steps are highly to work on other Linux distributions too.
The EyeTribe tracker is really cheap, and you can now use it in Python and in Matlab. It’s not as bad as you would expect from its price, and you could probably use it in fixation or pupillometry studies. For in-depth info, read this validation study.
PyGaze Analyser is a new (basic) tool to create gaze data visualisations such as heatmaps. The code is open source and free to use. Read the post for example images and the download link!
Building your own eye tracker for dirt cheap. How hard can it be? Turns out the basics are surprisingly simple! This post explains how, including demo videos and source code.