- SfN14: SMI Brings 250Hz Eye Tracking to Cognitive Field Research

At the world’s largest neuroscience meeting, SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) presents its next generation eye tracking platform for demanding cognitive research in and out of the lab


SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) introduces its next generation high-performance eye tracking platform for in and out of lab studies at the Society for Neuroscience 2014 meeting (SfN 2014) in Washington D.C., USA. The SMI RED250mobile eye tracking system is perfectly suited for studies on neurodegenerative disorders and other demanding cognitive research. The lightest of its kind with 250Hz sampling rate allows saccadic grade eye tracking also outside of the lab in the environment familiar to participants. On the same next generation platform, SMI also introduces a “smaller brother” the SMI REDn Scientific. With extra large tolerance for head movements it is designed for instant fixation-based studies in schools, hospitals or kindergartens.

Visit SMI at SfN 2014 in Washington D.C./USA, Nov 15-19, 2014, SMI booth 2906.

The new SMI eye tracker family is based on next-generation algorithms for an unprecedented level of robustness and precision with high tolerance for vision correction. The hardware is fully compatible with SMI’s Experiment Suite Scientific software for experiment design, recording and analysis. It supports key research paradigms, such as Visual Paired Comparison, Visual World and Preferential Looking and provides higher efficiency and less manual work through the entire workflow.

SMI’s new generation of contact-free eye tracking systems is ready for integration with leading solutions of key partners in scientific instruments. Both the SMI RED250mobile and the SMI REDn Scientific support TTL triggers for easy interfacing with biometric data collection systems. At SfN 2014, SMI presents integrations with partners such as BIOPAC Systems, Brain Products and Psychology Software Tools.

SMI also moves world class eye tracking to VR: At the SMI booth 2906 at SfN 2014, SMI shows its new Eye Tracking integration into a Virtual Reality HMD. Just in time for the show, SMI launches the world’s first Eye Tracking solution for the Oculus Rift DK2 HMD. Adding SMI’s leading mobile eye tracking technology raises the value of HMD based studies and applications, e.g. in training, performance assessment, engineering and visual orientation. The package comes with an SDK for real-time streaming of eye and gaze data and support for popular VR engines, e.g. Unity and Vizard. A special demo on the WorldViz/Biopac booth will show the Eye Tracking in the Oculus Rift DK2 using an environment created with the WorldViz Vizard engine.

Eberhard Schmidt, Managing Director SensoMotoric Instruments: “In the last weeks, we have launched a firework of innovations, starting with the Natural GazeTM head gear for our SMI Eye Tracking Glasses 2 Wireless, followed by new integrations for key research paradigms in our software, the new REDn and RED250mobile eye tracking systems and the unique SMI Eye Tracking integration for the Oculus Rift DK2. All eye tracking innovation are based on our universal next generation software and algorithm platform. With this portfolio of cutting-edge technologies and solutions we are again pushing the limits and improve the value and application range of eye tracking.”

SMI eye tracking solutions are being used by the most renowned research institutions around the world such as the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Rochester, the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, the Infant Cognition and Language Lab at University of Berkeley, the Department of Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology of Humboldt University Berlin, Harvard University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and many others…”

Contact SMI:  Stefanie Gehrke, Marcom Manager, stefanie.gehrke(@)smi.de

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