PlayStation Eye Tracks Your Head without Strapping Things to Your Head
We thought it was cool when Jonny Lee managed to rig a Wiimote to work as a head-tracking device. Sure, it wasn’t particularly graceful, but the gimmick of having something follow your head was pretty cool. I had never really seen any usage for head-tracking outside of IL-2 Sturmovik before, but that’s exactly why I’m rarely referred to as “creative.”
As cool as the Wiimote mod was, it simply wasn’t practical. Cue Sony and the PlayStation 3’s camera peripheral, the PlayStation Eye. Using the camera – and only the camera, nothing more – the system can track your head’s movements and reflect that on-screen. And while I can’t think of much practical usage for this, again, there’s a reason why my nickname isn’t Creative Chris.
It didn’t look perfect, but that’s probably due to the environment that Stephen Totilo (the guy in the video) was in at GDC, what with all of the people in the background. It may not be cool as certain other things we’ve seen the Eye do, but it’s definitely very cool.
via MTV Multiplayer