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System and Method for I/O Switching Based on User Gaze

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237313D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to utilize a wearable device in the form of smart goggles to coordinate what the user is viewing with the corresponding computer keyboard or mouse. At a workstation having multiple input/output devices, the user simply has to look at desired screen to assign the mouse/keyboard/peripheral output to the desired computer.

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System and Method for I/O Switching Based on User Gaze

It is often cumbersome and inefficient to have multiple mouse devices, keyboards, and other peripherals required to use multiple computers and other devices at a single workstation. Current solutions require the user to interrupt the flow of work to toggle a Kernel-Based Virtual Machine (KVM) switch, move to another keyboard/mouse set, or unplug and re-plug a keyboard/mouse set from one computer to another. A KVM switch can reduce the number of mouse devices, keyboards, and other peripherals at a workstation, but it can also be limited in the number of monitors it can support and requires the user to manually toggle from one computer to another. Having an individual keyboard, mouse, and monitor for each computer at a workstation is not efficient as it consumes a large amount of space and potentially leads to confusion about which component goes to which device.

Further, with KVMs and many systems attached, especially before individually naming the devices, it can be difficult to know what system a user is viewing. A method is needed to control the origin of input and destination of output based on the user's gaze.

The novel contribution is a method to utilize a wearable device in the form of smart goggles to coordinate what the user is viewing with the corresponding computer keyboard or mouse. This reduces the number of number of keyboards, mouse devices, and other peripherals to a single set. The user simply has to look at desired screen to assign the mouse/keyboard/peripheral output to the desired computer. In addition, this method reduces need to select systems to manage via the KVM.

To implement the method with a system in a preferred embodiment:

1. Track focus of a user gaze; existing art covers gaze tracking...