CES 2017: ZTE’s eye tracking phone Hawkeye hits Kickstarter
An interesting project that saw daylight at CES was the crowdsourced project CSX. ZTE announced that the final name of the device is going to be Hawkeye and that it can be preordered at $199. The device, born under ZTE’s ambitious Project CSX, which stands for Crowd Source X, gleaned suggestions from people around the world, integration the two most viable into the finished product: eye-tracking navigation, and adhesive properties.
The former comes from an iris scanning camera on the front that, working with the Android software, scrolls up, down, left and right using decisive movements of the eyes. While this is not a new concept, ZTE says that it has improved the experience considerably: “The software interprets eye motion and replaces these gesture commands in any application that supports these standard Android commands.”
- Scrolling based on Eye-Tracking – by recognizing movement of the eyes, pages can scroll automatically up-down or left-right based on movement. Voice commands can be used to navigate between pages.
- Stick to Walls and Surfaces with Self-Adhesive Case – with an optional case, the phone can be mounted to a vertical surface, freeing up the need to hold the phone.
Otherwise the Hawkeye is a very standard Android device running Nougat and comes with a 5.5″ Full HD Display, Dual Camera, Dual SIM Slot and rear fingerprint sensor.
the Hawkeye project requires $500,000 in support to go to market, but that’s likely a formality at this point.
The phone is currently in development and is expected to ship in September 2017.