ISS Symposium Berlin: The Effect of Gravity on Eye Movements

3D eye tracking solution for space research by SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) has evolved into leading eye tracking technology for laser surgery and academic research
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May 4, 2012 - PRLog -- SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), for 20 years a world leader in eye tracking solutions, will exhibit their leading technology for the analysis of eye movements at the ISS Symposium from May 2-4 at the Hilton Hotel in Berlin. The ISS symposium will bring together scientists, experts and practitioners from the field to dicuss the key accomplishments and the benefits of space research for humankind.  

SMI was the first company to offer a commercial,vision-based 3D eye tracking solution which was employed by the ESA, the NASA and on board of the Russian MIR space station to analyze the effects of space missions on gravity-responsive torsional eye movements of astronauts. Thomas Reiter, current Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations
at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt was one of the first to use the SMI 3D VOG Video-Oculography® system in the early 1990s.

“Today, this technology has evolved into solutions which are a gold standard in refractive laser surgery,“ says Eberhard Schmidt, Managing Director at SMI. “Other eye tracking systems such as the SMI Eye Tracking Glasses ( are advancing  a wide range of research areas in professional training, human computer interaction, psychology and neurosciences. The ease of use – no adjustments for the wearer are needed – and the mobility allow applications that where beyond reach in the 90s. Now, you only need to connect a small recording unit at the size of an iPhone to record the gaze point of the wearer in any mobile environment. Two small cameras on the rim of the glasses capture both eye movements of the wearer and map the gazepoint into a scene video recorded by the device.”

Founded in 1991 as a spin-off from academic & medical research at FU Berlin, SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) is a world leader in dedicated computer vision applications, developing and marketing eye & gaze tracking systems and medical solutions for a wide range of applications. More than 6,000  systems installed worldwide are testimony to SMI's continuing success in providing innovative products and outstanding services to the market.

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