The Tobii Dynavox TD Pilot enhances the iPad’s eye control capabilities

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The Tobii Dynavox TD Pilot enhances the iPad's eye control capabilities

The TD Pilot is an eye-tracking control gadget that fits around an iPad. Tobii Dynavox created this TD Pilot gadget to give native eye-tracking integration for iPadOS 15 and the newest edition of the standard iPad. Tobii Dynavox’s latest breakthrough expands on their already broad range of eye-tracking technology applications in various industries.

Tobii Dynavox’s latest eye-tracking technology commercial offers perfect control in most lighting circumstances — “even in strong sunlight.” The TD Pilot wraps around an iPad and adds a “Partner Window” around the back. The iPad retains all of its regular touchscreen functions. The Partner Window is a supplementary screen that displays phrases submitted using the iPad-enabled Tobii Dynavox communication software.

Because this gadget is designed to function with a wide range of users, mounting attachments are available. Wheelchair mounting is included, as well as “additional integrated bespoke accessibility features.”

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Tobii Dynavox created this accessory in compliance with Apple’s Made for iPad accessory program. They’ve even gone so far as to work directly with Apple to ensure that this is the best possible location for users.

“We’re thrilled that people who need this technology will be able to manage iPad with just their eyes,” said Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s senior director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives.

“At Apple, we embed core technology into our operating systems, including support for eye tracking, to make them accessible,” Herrlinger added. “We’re pleased that Tobii Dynavox’s TD Pilot is making use of this to help people with disabilities pursue their passions.”

The TD Pilot gadget incorporates an iPad with TD Talk, TD Snap, TD Copilot, and Snap Core First Pathways. There is a power button and a track status button on the device and various connectors. The iPad has its own Thunderbolt/USB 4 port, but the TD Pilot includes a single USB-C port, two 3.5 mm Switch connectors, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 15 VDC in 1.65/4 mm (Power connector).

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2x 10 W Closed Box Speakers are also included in this gadget. WLAN 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, simultaneous dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and HT80 with MIMO Bluetooth 5.0 technology are also available on the device.

This item is currently available for purchase as a medical device (with the iPad included), prescribed by specialists, and “delivered through insurance systems globally.” Still, it is not available to the general public.

Source: slashgear