3 Best Eye Tracker & Head Tracker Options For F1 2022 Skip to content

3 Best Eye Tracker & Head Tracker Options for F1 2022

3 Best Eye Tracker & Head Tracker Options for F1 2022


Comparing the Beam Eye Tracker with other leading head and eye tracking solutions for F1 2022


Summary

Explore the top 3 head and eye tracking options for F1 2022: Beam Eye Tracker, TrackIR and Tobii. Discover how the Beam Eye Tracker uses AI to turn a standard webcam into a high-performance eye tracker, providing a simple and cost-effective alternative to traditional hardware trackers.



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Head Tracking vs. Eye Tracking in Racing Simulator Games

Head tracking and eye tracking serve as gateways to deep immersion in racing simulator games, each contributing to a cohesive in-game presence.
Head tracking, a well-established and widely embraced technology in gaming for many years, involves physical movements like turning your head to explore the virtual environment. This engaging approach adds a dynamic and interactive element to your gaming experience, though it may sometimes be less suited for relaxed gaming sessions where minimal movement is preferred.
Eye tracking, in contrast, leverages the subtle, effortless motion of the eyes to enhance your field of view, inviting a more natural layer of interaction that marries your sight to the game's visuals without the need for overt gestures. Combining head and eye tracking creates an incredibly immersive experience in racing simulator games. This fusion blends the subtle movements of your eyes and head, resulting in a unified interaction with the in-game camera that feels natural and immersive.


Comparison of Top Eye Tracker and Head Tracker Solutions for F1 2022


Beam Eye Tracker - AI-Powered Webcam Eye Tracker for F1 2022

Beam Eye Tracker: Supercharge Your Webcam With AI

At Eyeware, we've developed an innovative eye tracker that transforms your webcam (or smartphone) into a gaming eye tracker using our advanced AI-powered algorithms. No additional hardware is required. Beam Eye Tracker is the first software of its kind to offer eye tracking and smooth 6 Degrees of Freedom (DoF) head tracking, supporting frame rates above 60FPS (for compatible webcams like the Logitech Brio or ElGato Facecam) for intuitive camera control in games. It uses the OpenTrack extension as an intermediary open source solution to enable eye tracking in over 200 games, including F1 2022.

No webcam? No problem. You can easily transform your smartphone into a high-quality webcam by selecting one of the many free apps available, for more info you can check here. There is also the option to use FaceID-enabled iOS devices as trackers, offloading the processing from the PC to the iPhone or iPad and taking advantage of an increased tracking robustness using the 3D TrueDepth selfie camera.


TrackIR: Dedicated Infrared Head Tracker

TrackIR features an IR sensor mounted on your monitor and an emitter that attaches to your headset or cap. It's a preferred choice for robust head tracking in gaming, known for its responsiveness and accuracy, as well as direct game integrations. While setting up the emitter can be a bit cumbersome, the precision it offers is unparalleled. It's a worthwhile investment for those who desire a dedicated tracking device.


Tobii Eye Tracker 5: Dedicated Infrared Eye Tracker

The Tobii Eye Tracker 5 provides both eye and head tracking capabilities. As a leader in eye tracking solutions with extensive game integrations it's a premium choice.
The Tobii device attaches to the bottom of your monitor and may sometimes be obstructed by other peripherals. For a comprehensive tracking experience without the need to attach an emitter to your headset or cap, Tobii is a solid option.


Comparison of Top Eye Tracker and Head Tracker Solutions for F1 2022
Solution Beam Eye Tracker TrackIR Tobii Eye Tracker 5
Type Software Hardware & Software Hardware & Software
Eye Tracking Yes No Yes
Head Tracking Yes Yes Yes
Frame Rate 30 - 120 FPS
(60FPS+ for supported high frame rate webcams, e.g. Logitech Brio, ElGato Facecam)
120 FPS 90 FPS
Hardware Required None (Uses existing webcam or smartphone with webcam app) IR sensor on monitor and emitter placed on headset or cap IR device
Setup Complexity Easy (requires OpenTrack extension) Moderate Easy (potential obstruction issues)
Price $29.99 one-time ($4.99/month plan available) ~ $150 ~ $300
Uniqueness First-ever gaming eye tracker using your webcam (or smartphone + webcam app) Highly robust tracking Eye tracking under very low lighting conditions

How to Set Up Head and Eye Tracking with the Beam Eye Tracker in F1 2022

F1 2022 integrates head and eye tracking technologies seamlessly, allowing players to enhance their in-game experience through intuitive control of the camera view using natural head and eye movements. Incorporating Beam Eye Tracker for head and gaze tracking in F1 2022 elevates situational awareness and interaction. Players can seamlessly survey the track, concentrate on corners and competitors, and maneuver through complex circuits effortlessly.

Find here the step-by-step instructions on how to setup the Beam Eye Tracker with OpenTrack. Once you have Beam and OpenTrack running, you can start F1 2022 and head and eye tracking will be active.
Important: When the Octopus in OpenTrack is in motion, Beam and OpenTrack are linked. In F1 Settings select TrackIR as the input. Adjust the camera angle as needed; however, please be aware that not all angles may be compatible.

Beam Eye Tracker
OpenTrack Extension
F1 2022


User Testimonials

We’re happy to count on a growing community of Beam enthusiasts worldwide joining the AI-powered eye tracking revolution for immediate access to more immersive gaming:

"By using webcam capabilities, Beam Eye Tracker is opening up the market for head and eye tracking for gaming enthusiasts, streamers, and content creators.”Nightmare_se, Twitch Streamer

"Simply the best way to track head and eye movements in games like Assetto Corsa without expensive hardware!" AP_101

"I tried the demo on a lark and it makes my webcam tracking work a million times better in SC. Definitely recommend giving it a try"User on reddit


Supported Games

Beam Eye Tracker supports a variety of games through the OpenTrack extension:

Space Simulation Games

  • Star Citizen
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Star Wars: Squadrons

Flight Simulation Games

  • War Thunder
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition
  • Top Gun: Maverick Expansion
  • IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles
  • IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
  • DCS World
  • DCS World Steam Edition
  • X-Plane 11
  • AeroFly FS2

Racing Simulator Games

  • Assetto Corsa
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione
  • F1 2023
  • F1 2022
  • iRacing
  • Dirt 5
  • Project Cars 3

Driving Simulation Games

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • American Truck Simulator
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • BeamNG.drive
  • Bus Simulator 21 Next Stop
  • Dirt 5

FPS Games

  • Arma 3
  • DayZ
  • Insurgency: Sandstorm

For a full list, visit here.


Beam Eye Tracker Features Beyond Gaming


Multi-Screen Pointer & Mouse Jumping

Enjoy seamless tracking across multiple screens and reduce the physical movement needed to move your cursor with Mouse Jumping. The software provides an efficient, streamlined experience without sacrificing your range of motion.

Presence Detection & Privacy Filter

Boost your security with the presence detection feature, automatically locking your screen when you're not present. Enhance privacy with the Privacy Filter, blurring parts of your screen that you're not looking at, providing an additional layer of protection for your sensitive information. Beam operates in real-time, right on your device without generating, storing, or transferring any biometric data or video recordings.


Frequently Asked Questions

I don't have a webcam. Can I still use the Beam Eye Tracker?
Absolutely! Your smartphone can be transformed into a webcam for the Beam Eye Tracker. For Android users, connection is possible via USB-C, and iPhone users with FaceID can use the dedicated iOS app. For more details, visit here.
What are the key differences between head tracking and eye tracking in racing simulator games?
Head tracking relies on physical movements of the head to adjust the viewpoint, while eye tracking follows the movement of the eyes for more precise interactions, like targeting or selecting objects. Combining both provides a highly immersive gaming experience.
How do I set up the Beam Eye Tracker for F1 2022?
Detailed setup instructions for Beam can be found here.
Can I use my existing webcam with the Beam Eye Tracker?
Yes, the Beam Eye Tracker is designed to convert your existing webcam into an efficient eye tracking device using advanced AI algorithms. It supports high frame rate webcams for enhanced performance. Alternatively, you can use your FaceID-enabled iPhone or iPad for offloading processing and achieving increased robustness with the TrueDepth selfie camera.
What are the advantages of using dedicated hardware like the Tobii Eye Tracker 5 or TrackIR?
Dedicated devices like the Tobii Eye Tracker 5 and, more notably, TrackIR, are renowned for their exceptional responsiveness and accuracy. TrackIR, in particular, stands out with its default head tracking input in many games and over 200 game integrations, which eliminates the need for intermediary software such as OpenTrack.
These devices deliver robust performance across a range of lighting conditions, with a particular strength in low light environments. However, it's important to acknowledge that certain lighting situations may still pose challenges, even for infrared trackers.
Are there any additional benefits of the Beam Eye Tracker outside of gaming?
Yes, the Beam Eye Tracker also offers features like multi-screen pointer control, mouse jumping, presence detection, and a privacy filter, enhancing both your productivity and privacy.




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