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ARETT: Augmented Reality Eye Tracking Toolkit for Head Mounted Displays

Department of Physics, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schrödinger-Str. 46, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Interactive Machine Learning Department, Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3, Saarland Informatics Campus D3_2, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Applied Artificial Intelligence, Oldenburg University, Marie-Curie Str. 1, 26129 Oldenburg, Germany
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Academic Editor: Jamie A Ward
Sensors 2021, 21(6), 2234;
Received: 25 February 2021 / Revised: 11 March 2021 / Accepted: 17 March 2021 / Published: 23 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wearable Technologies and Applications for Eye Tracking)
Currently an increasing number of head mounted displays (HMD) for virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) are equipped with integrated eye trackers. Use cases of these integrated eye trackers include rendering optimization and gaze-based user interaction. In addition, visual attention in VR and AR is interesting for applied research based on eye tracking in cognitive or educational sciences for example. While some research toolkits for VR already exist, only a few target AR scenarios. In this work, we present an open-source eye tracking toolkit for reliable gaze data acquisition in AR based on Unity 3D and the Microsoft HoloLens 2, as well as an R package for seamless data analysis. Furthermore, we evaluate the spatial accuracy and precision of the integrated eye tracker for fixation targets with different distances and angles to the user (n=21). On average, we found that gaze estimates are reported with an angular accuracy of 0.83 degrees and a precision of 0.27 degrees while the user is resting, which is on par with state-of-the-art mobile eye trackers. View Full-Text
Keywords: augmented reality; eye tracking; toolkit; accuracy; precision augmented reality; eye tracking; toolkit; accuracy; precision
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Kapp, S.; Barz, M.; Mukhametov, S.; Sonntag, D.; Kuhn, J. ARETT: Augmented Reality Eye Tracking Toolkit for Head Mounted Displays. Sensors 2021, 21, 2234.

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Kapp S, Barz M, Mukhametov S, Sonntag D, Kuhn J. ARETT: Augmented Reality Eye Tracking Toolkit for Head Mounted Displays. Sensors. 2021; 21(6):2234.

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Kapp, Sebastian, Michael Barz, Sergey Mukhametov, Daniel Sonntag, and Jochen Kuhn. 2021. "ARETT: Augmented Reality Eye Tracking Toolkit for Head Mounted Displays" Sensors 21, no. 6: 2234.

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