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1 November 2023

Image of an open laptop on a desk with a mouse, and notepad and paper. The caption says Face Tracking for Chromebooks.

Google’s recent revelation about the forthcoming addition of Face Tracking to Chromebook’s accessibility features is an exciting development. While detailed information remains somewhat scarce, the potential implications are highly promising. Speculation suggests that this technology could potentially override the need for traditional input devices such as cursors and touchpads, providing a significant accessibility boost for individuals with disability.

The core idea behind Face Tracking is to enable those unable to use a mouse and keyboard, to access online content with greater efficiency and ease. It envisions users navigating websites, composing messages, and interacting with applications through intuitive facial gestures and movements, promising a more inclusive and natural user interface.

Despite its presence in ChromeOS version 120, it’s important to note that the Face Tracking feature is not yet functional. Nevertheless, Google’s investment in this technology signals a positive step toward improving the lives of people who have long grappled with conventional input methods.

As Face Tracking evolves, it has the potential to bridge the digital divide. To find out more, read Chromebook Unboxed’s article on Chromebook’s new feature.