Friday, September 2nd 2016

Alienware Creates World's First Intelligent Notebook With Tobii Eye Tracking

Alienware, a leading pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, today unveiled the Alienware 17 gaming notebook with integrated eye tracking hardware and software from Tobii. The device is the world's first notebook to capitalize on eye tracking's unique ability to identify and anticipate a user's actions based on their presence and attention. Armed with this new intelligence, the Alienware 17 provides greater convenience, enhanced security, optimized power management and even insight into a gamer's style and technique.

"Alienware, never shy to innovation or groundbreaking design, understands the value of eye tracking as it relates to the interaction between gamer and machine," said Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech. "With a greater understanding of its user and a better idea of their intentions, the Tobii solution in the Alienware 17 can bring gamers new experiences and insights unlike any other seen in gaming PC."
With deep integration across both hardware and software, eye tracking functionality found in the Alienware 17 makes it more responsive and more in sync with the user. The flagship notebook contains several new features, including:
  • Wake on Gaze - In order to wake the notebook up from sleep mode, the user looks directly at the Alienware logo and the device will power up. This ensures the notebook acts on the specific user intent of activating the device and avoids accidental power ups.
  • Keyboard Lights - Now equipped with the ability to understand the user's current focus and attention, the Alienware 17 is able to optimize the power exchange between both the keyboard's lighting zones and the screen. When the user is looking at the screen the keyboard backlights remain off since the user is not currently interested in this area. Key illumination also only occurs in the region the user is currently looking, rather than the entire keyboard, further optimizing power management.
  • Alienware Logo and AlienFX Chassis Lights - These visual brand elements are also gaze-reactive and optimized to save power.
  • Stay Awake / Dim Screen - These presence features inform the device when the user is both present and engaged with the screen, prompting the screen to either stay awake or dim to conserve power when the user engages/disengages with the screen. These features are also found in the Alienware 15 and 13 models.
  • Autolock - Another presence feature powered by Tobii, this enhanced security measure prompts the device to lock when the user steps away from the device. This reduces the vulnerability of unauthorized use by another user when the sleep timer is engaged but the device is not yet locked. This feature is also found in the Alienware 15 and 13 models.
  • Windows Hello - As previously seen on other eye trackers, like the Tobii EyeX peripheral, Alienware 17 owners can also count on more secure and more convenient device log-ins with Windows Hello. Activated immediately after Wake on Gaze, this biometric login gets users into their device faster and more conveniently without the need to type in a traditional password. Tobii platforms are the only eye tracking platforms in the world validated to support facial recognition for Windows Hello.
Acknowledging the increasing demand for game analytics and the growing popularity of competitive gaming and e-sports, Alienware and Tobii have also teamed up with Overwolf to bring eye tracking data to their popular training tools. These four apps track and record gamers' eye movements to help them understand and improve performance with insights on how their attention and inputs intermingle:
  • Replay HUD - Now equipped with an additional layer of gaze data, this playback tool helps analyze and improve situational awareness by showing where you looked during game replays.
  • Game Capture - Also equipped with gaze replay data, this app allows gamers to remember and learn from their mistakes over the course of an entire match.
  • Twitch Streaming - Now able to provide live gaze data in stream, Twitch Streamers now have another tool to instruct their audience and provide a richer entertainment experience.
  • End Screen - An aggregate of gaze data displayed as a heatmap, this tool helps gamers understand where they spend the majority of their attention on screen, allowing them to recognize bad habits and adjust.
Those among the first to purchase Alienware 17 will also get a free Standard Edition copy of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs 2, the highly-anticipated open world action-adventure game and sequel to 2014 blockbuster Watch Dogs. The title will join the ranks of other Ubisoft blockbusters like Tom Clancy's The Division and Assassin's Creed Syndicate to include several Tobii eye tracking features, making the Alienware 17 bundle one of the most attractive gaming offers of the year.

Alienware 17 owners also have the chance to play with over 40 additional Tobii Eye Tracking Enabled titles. Anticipating over 100 eye tracking titles by the end of 2017, Tobii is actively working with PC game developers and studios of all sizes to rapidly expand the Tobii Eye Tracking game portfolio. Most recently, the company announced eye tracking integrations in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Master of Orion. Please visit Tobii Apps to view the continuously updated game portfolio.

The new Alienware 15 and 17 systems will be configurable to your needs and available to order starting on September 30th, 2016. The Alienware 13 will come in November and more detail will be available as we approach that time.
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13 Comments on Alienware Creates World's First Intelligent Notebook With Tobii Eye Tracking

#1
Chaitanya
Didn't MSI already have a laptop with eye tracking?
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#2
xorbe
I'm also guessing the eye tracking is active while ads are on the screen?
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#4
jabbadap
What I find most interesting that there's RX 470 version of it too(yup same polaris10 as desktop), other ones are with nvidia gtx1060/70 for 15" and gtx1060/70/80 for 17".

http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/direct2dell/b/direct2dell/archive/2016/09/01/alienware-blasts-into-pax-with-first-ever-vr-ready-notebooks
Alienware 17 options include:
  • Intel Core i7 CPU up to 6820HK Dynamically Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5,
    AMD Radeon RX 470 with 8GB GDDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5, and available in November, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR4 2400 MHz memory up to 32 GB
  • Various storage capacities across SATA and PCIe, including a 3 TB option: 1TB PCIe (boot drive), 1 TB PCIe (storage) and 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (storage)
  • Networking includes Killer e2400 Gigabit Ethernet, wireless and Bluetooth
Alienware 15 options include:
  • Intel Core i5 CPU up to Core i7 6820HK Dynamically Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5,
    optional AMD Radeon RX 470 with 8GB GDDR5 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR4 2133 MHz memory up to 32 GB
  • Various storage capacities across SATA and PCIe, including a 3 TB option: 1TB PCIe (boot drive), 1 TB PCIe (storage) and 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (storage) Networking includes Killer e2400 Gigabit Ethernet, wireless and Bluetooth
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#5
Caring1
Chaitanya said:
Didn't MSI already have a laptop with eye tracking?
There was also that monstrosity announced the other day with a curved screen that has eye tracking.
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#6
HisDivineOrder
Really wish laptop manufacturers would focus as much on getting RealSense cameras as they are these useless eye trackers...
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#7
FreedomEclipse
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#8
phanbuey
Caring1 said:
There was also that monstrosity announced the other day with a curved screen that has eye tracking.
That thing looked awesome tbh....
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#9
Prima.Vera
No, is definitely NOT THE FIRST one.
That's all I am going to say regarding those expensive toys.
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#10
kiddagoat
Looking like my next notebook if the price is right, that graphics amp is a big plus
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#11
romeg
I wonder what the price will be for this lappy. I just sold my MSI Titan and I'm 95% sure I'll but another Titan next month, but I'm not above looking at other gaming lappys. I would really love a 3-5 pound high-performance (equipped like a Titan with SLI GTX 1080s) lappy for easier transport. Eventually, I suppose.
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#12
TheinsanegamerN
romeg said:
I wonder what the price will be for this lappy. I just sold my MSI Titan and I'm 95% sure I'll but another Titan next month, but I'm not above looking at other gaming lappys. I would really love a 3-5 pound high-performance (equipped like a Titan with SLI GTX 1080s) lappy for easier transport. Eventually, I suppose.
Given how much power a mobile 1080 pulls, good luck getting that under 5 pounds. Dual 150+ watt GPUS plus a 45 watt CPU? looking at 8 pounds minimum, more likely close to 10 pounds like the current GT80.
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romeg
TheinsanegamerN said:
Given how much power a mobile 1080 pulls, good luck getting that under 5 pounds. Dual 150+ watt GPUS plus a 45 watt CPU? looking at 8 pounds minimum, more likely close to 10 pounds like the current GT80.
Yeah, it's a pipe dream for the next however many years.
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