Hardware

System

Windows Seven, Windows 8/8.1., Windows 10.

You will have to use  a user account with administrative rights to be able to install and use Eye and Pen.

Free disk space

60MB for a complete installation (with samples), plus space needed for recordings and analyses.

Memory

min. 1024 MB with Windows Vista and later.

Video adapter

A minimum resolution of 1024×768 is recommanded (32 MB of video RAM).

USB slot

A free USB slot is required for the SafeNet Sentinel dongle (security lock key).

Tablets

Every tablet supplied with a Wintab32 compatible driver for Windows is supported by Eye and Pen.
In general, installation of the tablet’s driver also installs a file named WINTAB2.DLL into Windows directory.

Please note that not every manufacturer has battery-less pencils and/or inking pen.

The list below is not exhaustive, but shows  a number of compatible device manufacturers, including the main vendor on the market. Many “historic” tablet manufacturer stopped this activity (Aiptek, Genius, Hitachi, Numonics, Oce, Seiko, etc.) within the last 5 years.

Company’s name Web site
ACECAD Enterprise Co. Ltd. http://www.acecad.com.tw
GTCO Calcomp Corp. http://www.gtcocalcomp.com
Huion https://www.huion.com/
 XP-Pen https://www.xp-pen.com/
Turcom https://turcomusa.com/
Trust https://www.trust.com/
Topaz Systems Inc. http://www.topazsystems.com/
WACOM Corp. http://www.wacom.com
YIYNOVA Technology Ltd. http://www.yiynova.com

 

Eyetrackers (optional)

Eye and Pen supports the following eyetrackers:

  • S.R. research models Eyelink I, Eyelink II and Eyelink 1000
  • Applied Science Laboratories ASL 504 (serial link)
  • SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) iViewX (version 1.05 and above).

 


Note about remote eyetrackers

Unless major changes, we do not plan to support remote eyetrackers because they are hardly usable in a handwriting situation: the camera(s) should be below  the participant’s line of gaze. Then , it is not possible to place a tablet “under” the screen.

It may be usable with an LCD tablet, but when the movements of the subject’s forearm masks the camera, the eye is lost for a while. To limit theses drawback, you’d be to setup a strongly constraining situation.

Similar tests have been conducted at S.R. Research with the Eyelink1000 Remote eyetracker and ended with same results.

In general, remote optic eyetrackers are not advisable: most of them were buit to be located below a display screen, not about a tablet on a desk. This leads to problems of adaptation, coordinates liability, while imposing body posture constraints to the subjects.