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You definitely won't go unnoticed with this device strapped to your head. Researchers at the University of Munich Hospital have developed the EyeSeeCam, which lets you control head-mounted cameras just by moving your eyes. A doctor could use this device to film an operation for teaching purposes, or video game developers could use it to create an even more realistic first-person shooter or sports game. The craziest part is that the EyeSeeCam will record video onto almost any laptop with a 6-pin FireWire port.

The EyeSeeCam is currently being sold to the University of Munich Hospital's research partners for 25,000 euros (about $34,000) each. Dr. Erich Schneider, who heads up the EyeSeeCam project, said a smaller version of EyeSeeCam is in the works for other research groups and companies. Schneider wouldn't say how much this version would cost or what it would do, but believes the price tag will be north of 25,000 euros. Though that sounds like a lot, we're told it compares well with classical (and technically much simpler) head-mounted eye trackers.

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