SpecialEffect, a charity dedicated to enabling disabled gamers play video games have developed, EyeMine. A software designed to allow Minecraft to be playable using just the players eyes. SpecialEffect have created an open-source software, EyeMine that is available as a free, Windows-based download for players with a Minecraft account and an eye-tracker.
It’s compatible only with Windows computers running at least Windows 7 and above, and is not compatible with the mobile, or console versions of Minecraft. A supported eye-tracker is also required, and they have a list of supported trackers available here. The software comes with a number of different ability levels, allowing a range of players to use EyeMine.
“For us, EyeMine represents a watershed development. It’s a flagship example of taking the experience we’ve gained through our one-to-one work with gamers with the most severe physical disabilities and translating it into a means of helping a huge number of people on a global scale.” – Dr Mick Donegan, CEO and Founder of SpecialEffect
EyeMine released a promotional video, which you can find below, which shows the software in action. The interface shows the screen divided, with the game taking place in the top half of the screen, and the bottom half being used for a wide range of actions to play the game.
Players will be able to focus their gaze on a button, and after a very short wait as the action is selected. The game will also pause while the user is selecting game commands, a helpful feature for when battle occurs. You can download the software here. Additionally there are video tutorials available for using EyeMine collected into a neat playlist here.
Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.