Research & Innovation

Look me in the eye!

At CeBIT 2015 in Hannover, researchers from Saarland University and the DFKI are showcasing a process for automatically adapting on-screen text to personal reading speeds.

14 Mär. 2015
EyeTracker

The average reader gets through around two hundred words per minute, but individual reading speeds vary widely from person to person. Of course, when you get to the bottom of the page in a book, you need to turn it over to continue, but the process is different on screen – the user has to drag the text upward with the mouse, for instance, or else use the scroll wheel. To save readers this "effort", researchers from Saarland University and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) have developed a technology that measures reading speed and uses this to adapt the text display automatically.

The process on show at CeBIT in Hannover this year is based on eye-tracking glasses that are already available on the market. These track eye movements during reading and use the measurements to calculate reading speed in real time. The system also notices when the reader is slowing down or speeding up and adapts the speed of the text display accordingly. The researchers are also keen to talk to CeBIT visitors to find out which other applications could benefit from the process.

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