iPal: An Interesting Pair of Eye Tracking Smart Glasses

iPal is one of the latest pairs of smart glasses to be looking for funding. iPal focuses on capturing pictures and videos using eye tracking and eye gestures, so that you can actually stay in the moment and not have to look at a screen above your eye.

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When you first look at someone wearing iPal, you see a pretty normal looking pair of glasses, but when you look a bit closer you will notice a camera on each side. If you look on the inside of the glasses, you will see an eye tracking camera near each lens. The total of four cameras is basically what drives the iPal experience.

The two eye tracking cameras on the inside allows the wearer to control the device with eye gestures. Eye gestures are the main way of controlling the device and its two cameras on the outward-facing side of the glasses. The eye tracking cameras follow the wearer’s eyes at all time and waits for a gesture to be made.

There isn’t a specific list of gestures that do certain things, users set their own gestures. With that said, when you do a gesture you can start recording video or take a picture, which is shared to the social networks that you have setup. Also, when you’re recording a video, you don’t have to tilt your head or move your head to get the perfect shot … whatever your eyes are looking at is what is recorded.

Now, being able to take pictures and videos without touching a device might not sound exciting to some of you. Most smart glasses are at least able to recognize an eye gesture that can snap a photo. With that said, iPal has added a twist to eye gestures. Using only eye gestures, you zoom in on certain things, zoom out, and even crop.  Zooming is sort of done of automatically. iPal will zoom in on something if thinks that you are focusing on it. Cropping is done in a pretty cool way. If the wearer wants to take a picture of something specific in a room and nothing else, then they simply have to outline it using their eyes. Once they’ve outlined something, iPal will zoom in on that specific area and take the picture.

While cropping and recording video with just your eyes is pretty cool, the most interesting feature to me is the ability to share the cameras on the glasses with other people. Sort of like a teamviewer for smart glasses, you can allow someone to take control of the cameras on the device and they can have it look at whatever they want it to look at. It sounds creepy, but the makers of iPal actually provided a good scenario for this feature.

“No other camera allows a dad hundreds of miles away from his baby daughter to see her through the eyes of his wife, while she is holding the baby in her arms. iPal does turn your eyes into your camera.”

You’re probably wondering what the battery life for a pair of smart glasses like this is. Well, the company has put a lot of work into the device when it comes to the battery life. From the start, they wanted a device that could last more than 30 minutes when recording (*cough* Google Glass *cough*). According to the company, the device can record 2 hours of video with a single charge. Or, it can last practically all day if you are only using it to take pictures.

iPal is pretty much the ultimate wearable camera. It’s actually reasonably priced as well. The MSRP is $500, but they are selling it for a lot cheaper during the IndieGoGo funding campaign. By supporting the IndieGogo, you can get a pair for $200. If you’re looking for a cheap camera, then you should definitely consider this, even though it may take a while to receive it.

If you would like to learn more about the iPal, then check out their IndieGogo Page. It’s a pretty organized page with a lot of information, so it’ll probably answer most of the questions you have, if you have any.

So, what do you think about this piece of wearable tech? Is it something interests you? Will you be purchasing it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below!