Technology may have finally found a way to monitor lack of attention and distraction with the use of this eye capture system called Diff Displays, a report from Herald Scotland said.
Developed by scientists at the St. Andrews University, this system will supposedly reduce idle time in the office and increase productivity. It also aims to reduce distractions in high-pressured environments such as a control flight room.
The Diff Displays will prevent computer users from missing any changes on their screen even when they are not looking at it. The system, which is downloadable free for Microsoft Windows, replaces the regular screen image with different visualizations that will enable the user to detect the changes when he/she focuses back on the screen.
There are four main types of visualizations that this system has, these are:
1. Freeze Frame
When you are looking at the screen, the display will change according to what’s happening on the website. So, for example, Twitter will keep revealing new tweets and YouTube will keep playing the video. As soon as you remove your gaze from the screen, the display will automatically freeze. It will activate once your eyes are focused on the screen.
This visualization will change the display to black and white, and will highlight through pixels the changes or updates on the website. This means that once you look back at the screen, you will find that new tweets on Twitter and new stories on Facebook will have a different pixel size than the rest of the display. Once the screen activates again, you will be able to detect the last thing you saw on the display and the new stories/posts that came out when you weren’t looking.
When there are two windows open on your computer, the WindowMap will automatically turn the display into black and white when you are not looking. However, it will make the window with more changes brighter than the other window with not so much change. When you look back at your screen, you will then be able to tell what window or browser had the more changes while you were looking at something else.
Like the other visualization effects, Aura will freeze your screen and turn it into black and white when you are not looking at it. However, this visualization focuses on short-term visual changes, When there are changes or developments in the display, Aura will project a rectangular light around each window.
In order for the system to work, you have to mount a camera on top of each computer screen. It uses computer vision algorithms to identify your eyes and determine whether you are looking at the screen or not.
In a recent study of the system, the researcher found out that this eye capture system reduced the number of times the workers got distracted. The researchers, who will present Diff Displays at the ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces in Santa Monica in California, said that the system may be a standard part of future operating systems.