New eBay App Makes Shopping Easier For iPhone X Owners, HeadGaze Improves Accessibility For All Users

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Shopping on eBay was just made easier as the e-commerce giant announced their brand new HeadGaze.

eBay announced the technology with an official blog post on their website. The post goes into great detail on the features the new augmented reality software will offer up, including the ability to pair with the iPhone X camera and Apple’s ARKit to best serve their customers — particularly those with accessibility issues.

The app will track head movements and then translate those movements into commands for their smartphone to follow. The program creates an on-screen cursor that the user can control via their movements.

For example, if a prospective user wanted to turn the page on a e-book, they could do so by hovering the cursor over the button. If they wanted to scroll up or down on the screen, they can do so by moving the cursor to particular parts of the screen.

That means app users can browse and purchase items on their phone relying solely on head movements, making shopping more readily available for users with mobility concerns.

HeadGaze was developed and engineered with folks who suffer from mobility issues in mind.

Muratcan Cicek, eBay intern, UCSC Ph.D. candidate, and leading force in the development team for HeadGaze — is hindered by mobility issues himself.

Cicek suffers from extensive motor impairments that prevent him from having complete control over his limbs.

He told VentureBeat the team worked on incorporating movements of all sorts into the system, and perhaps most importantly for those with serious motor impairments, the ability for the hardware and software combination to track eye movements.