Eye tracking technology creates life-like VR avatars

High Fidelity, Inc. and SensoMotoric Instruments said they have integrated SMI HMD Eye Tracking technology with the High Fidelity social VR platform.

Alpha users with access to the eye tracking hardware, can experience real eye contact with another person on the platform´s virtual spaces. The animation is powered by SMI´s unique and proven eye tracking upgrade for the Oculus Rift DK2 which is available for VR developers and researchers. VR creators are invited to use the eye tracking integration to build life-like interaction scenarios and share them on the High Fidelity open source VR network.

Digital presences, e.g. through avatars in social VR, have to be life-like. Real-time and realistic animation of the behavior that contains the critical cues for life-like experiences is key to achieve the optimal impression. Correct gaze direction is one critical factor that plays a major role in social interaction. SMI´s eye tracking provides this cue accurately, robust and in real-time.

Eye tracking inside the Oculus Rift records where exactly in the virtual scene a user is looking and enables people to make eye contact with another avatar in a virtual space.

SMI´s eye tracking upgrade for the Oculus Rift DK2 is the only high-performance eye tracking solution available and proven for VR applications. It is designed for professional and academic developers and comes with plug-ins for popular VR engines, e.g. Unity and WorldViz.

High Fidelity is an open source virtual reality network. It uses a range of new devices such as the Oculus Rift to make the VR experience more immersive and interaction with others more life-like. The platform allows users to build complex interactive experiences using standard formats, languages and tools and to deploy shared virtual spaces to the network.

SensoMotoric Instruments is a world leader in eye tracking technology, developing and marketing eye & gaze tracking solutions for scientists and professionals, OEM and medical solutions for a wide range of applications.