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Open window/application to external display based on eye-tracking data Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246966D
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-19
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Enhancing the user experience of opening new applications and windows by utilising eye tracking data to determine where and on which screen/monitor the user wants the new window to open.

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Open window/application to external display based on eye-tracking data

Clicking on an icon, or opening a program on an operating system (OS) regularly opens a new window. When working with multiple displays, this window will render to one of the displays, by default, this is usually the 'primary' display configured in the set-up or where a similar window was last open. It is known how modern OS's maintain knowledge of which monitor applications are open on. When they are closed and later re-opened, they are opened on the same display (if available) that it was on last time. There is often an annoyance here that an icon can be pressed and the window opens on an undesired screen in accordance with your preference, at this point the user then drags/moves the window to the preferred screen.

    Using the front facing camera, rough eye-tracking and the display configuration on the OS it would be possible to determine with a reasonable accuracy which screen the user is looking at. This information can be used when the user clicks on an icon, in order to determine which monitor/display/screen the user is likely to want to open the window on as the user will naturally tend to look at the screen in expectation of the window opening there.

    This method also improves the user experience with the keyboard shortcuts approach of opening applications too since the user no longer needs to reach over to the mouse in order to position it accordingly. This is already known in at least one OS (see Appendix 1). Instead, they can now just look at the relevant monitor/display/screen and type the shortcut to open a window/application there.

    The operating system will have knowledge of the display configuration. It will also have kn...