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Tobii set to show off Windows 8 eye-tracking accessory at CES

Tobii is bringing its eye-tracking technology to your PC with a new USB-based peripheral.

The Tobii Rex, which will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, will work with any Windows 8 PC via a USB stick.

"We believe gaze interaction is going to be the next major advancement in mainstream computer interface," Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii Technology, said in a statement. "Tobii has been driving innovations in eye tracking for more than a decade, and we are excited and honored to be able to bring this first integration of eye tracking into a product for tech-enthusiast consumers."

What can you do with your Tobii Rex? The company said its technology will allow users to zoom and auto-centre, open windows, scroll, and more.

A Tobii spokeswoman said a Developer's Kit edition of the Tobii Rex is available now and works on desktops and laptops. It is $995 (£614) and can be ordered online via Those who join the Tobii Gaze Partner Program gain access to Tobii Rex, Tobii Gaze Interaction SDK and other support materials.

A consumer version of the Tobii Rex, however, which will be released in autumn 2013, will initially only work on desktop PCs. The consumer edition will also sport "slight external design differences" than the developer version, Tobii said.

Tobii said it will make 5,000 Tobii Rex peripherals. Pricing details were not revealed, but interested parties can sign up to receive a VIP pre-order invitation, likely in the spring.

The Swedish company first made headlines last year by introducing the world's first laptop that was controlled by the user's eyes. Tobii partnered with Lenovo to build a prototype computer that responds to eye movements like they were mouse clicks. For example, glancing at a specific icon presented more information about that subject.