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Qualisys and Tobii Pro partner up to offer a combined motion capture and eye tracking solution.

Press Release   •   Oct 16, 2017 09:39 GMT

Qualisys, a leading provider of motion capture technology, has partnered with Tobii Pro, the global leader in eye tracking research solutions to integrate the two technologies for combined analysis of eye and body movements. The integration enables research professionals within healthcare, sports and psychology to obtain insights such as the visual strategy behind an athlete’s body movements or a patient’s search pattern key to improving sports performance, diagnosing visual-motor disorders or assessing progress in gait rehabilitation.

“The natural relationship between motion capture and eye tracking technologies gives our customers a deeper understanding of the correlation between movement and gaze. This will improve performance, quality and safety in a wide variety of applications” said Morgan Larsson, Software Development Lead, Qualisys.

The resulting data from motion capture and eye tracking can be streamed in real-time or exported for analysis.

The integration will open up new possibilities within:

Sports – Insights on hand-eye coordination deepen the understanding of performance in sports where these skills are crucial such as ball striking, golf swing or table tennis. Visual feedback on gaze and motion patterns can be provided to help athletes improve their performance.
Knowledge of athletes exact eye and body movements makes it possible to predict where injury may occur and develop methods for prevention.

Medical – Extract tacit knowledge from skilled surgeons and translate their hand-eye coordination to training material. Identify visuomotor disorders and evaluate progress in physical rehabilitation. Biomechanics researchers can learn how hand-eye coordination is affected by disease, age or injury.

Training and Simulation – Simulation of unexpected scenarios in controlled environments can use both human motion and gaze behavior to  improve safety and performance. For example, in training and simulation scenarios of piloting vehicles, flight controllers, assembly etc.

Psychology – Understand what visual stimuli triggers body language, explore gesture-speech integration.

"Tobii Pro and Qualisys are already serving the same global customers and we are really excited to now be able to offer this much requested combined analysis of both eye and body movements, providing an even deeper understanding of human behavior,” said Tom Englund, president, Tobii Pro.

How it works

Eye tracking data is collected with the Tobii Pro Glasses 2, a wearable eye tracker with wireless live view function, equipped with a wide-angle HD scene camera, microphone and four eye cameras taking up to 100 pictures per second. Markers are fitted to the body and on to the eye tracking glasses, the cameras track and register the complex movement of the markers and translates them into an extremely accurate, computer-generated 3D wire frame model.

The integration then makes it possible to stream data in real time from both technologies into the Qualisys Track Manager (QTM) software. Here the data can be visualized and the eye tracking and gaze vector data can be exported to various other analysis software such as MATLAB.

Media contacts:

Tobii Pro Cecilia Lago Albright, PR & Communications Manager +46 707 431 345 /
Qualisys Helene Holmqvist Rydén Marketing and Communication Manager +46 703 607 225

High Res. pictures and video can be downloaded here

About Qualisys
Qualisys is a leading provider of motion capture technology and has a long history of supplying research, engineering and sports facilities with high-end camera systems and expertise in capturing and analyzing movements. Qualisys offers a wide range of products and services and has offices in Gothenburg, Chicago and Shanghai.

Qualisys is certified according to ISO 9001:2015 and compliant with Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC, which demonstrates our commitment to provide highest possible quality products and services to our customers. The certifications reflect our ongoing investment in technology, process and people.

About Tobii Pro
Tobii Pro, part of the Tobii Group, is the leading provider of eye tracking research solutions and services designed to deepen the understanding of human behavior. Through eye tracking insights, business and science professionals are enabled to drive change and further their research. 

The solutions are used in a wide range of fields, from shopper research and usability testing, to psychology and vision research. Tobii Pro has over 3,000 commercial enterprises and 2,000 academic institutions among our clients, including Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Ipsos, GfK and all of the world’s 50 top-rated universities.

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