Computer History Museum to Feature Tobii in “Revolution” Exhibit

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Museum selects Tobii Technology’s ground-breaking eye tracking computer for world’s most comprehensive computing history exhibition 

Tobii Technology, the premier developer of innovative eye tracking and speech technology solutions for people with disabilities, and its North American subsidiary Tobii Assistive Technology Inc. (Tobii ATI), today announced that The Computer History Museum (CHM) will feature Tobii’s portable eye-controlled computer and communication device in their new signature exhibition. As the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, CHM presents “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” opening in January in Mountain View, CA in the United States.

The exhibition, more than six years in the making, will be the world’s most comprehensive physical and online exploration of computing history. As the first to bring eye tracking to the United States, Tobii Technology’s revolutionary MyTobii P10, a portable eye tracking computer, will be showcased amongst an expansive collection of one-of-a-kind artifacts and never seen before interviews with pioneers, spanning from the abacus to robots, the Internet, and beyond.

“Our curatorial staff hand-picked Tobii’s eye controlled computer for the exhibit as it represents a revolution that has and will continue to change our lives for decades to come,” said John Hollar, president and chief executive officer of CHM. “The Tobii P10 will also be part of our online exhibit. Everything that a physical visitor will see in “Revolution” will also be available to our web visitors via the cyber-exhibit.”

Tobii’s eye tracking technology enables computers to determine precisely where a person is looking. Instead of a keyboard and mouse, a person with a disability can simply use their gaze to type out words to turn into speech, or connect with others through e-mail, Facebook, the Internet, and manage their day – making independence easier than ever before.

“We are delighted to be a part of the world’s premier historical exhibition on the Information Age,” said Tara Rudnicki, president of Tobii ATI. “Technology has played such a critical role in the way we live today. Not only are we able to access vast amounts of information at our finger tips, we can also give individuals with communication disabilities a voice, a social life, and a way to live more fulfilled, integrated and independent lives.”

In addition to Tobii’s P10, the compelling display of technological icons selected for “Revolution” includes the Abacus, Hollerith Tabulator, Nordsieck Differential Analyzer, IBM System/360, IBM RAMAC disk drive, Shakey the Robot, Xerox Alto, Pong Prototype, Apple II, IBM PC, Palm Pilot, Google Server Engine and more.

For more information about “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing” and CHM, please visit http://computerhistory.org.

For more information, please contact:

Katrin Buhre, Marketing Communications Manager, Tobii Assistive Technology
Phone: +46 (0)733-27 87 23, katrin.buhre@tobii.com

Carl Derry, Team Leader Marketing & Communications, Tobii ATI
Phone: +1 978-355-7143, carl.derry@tobiiati.com

About the Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Ca. is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images. CHM brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, onsite tours, as well as physical and online exhibits. Current exhibits include Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2, Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess, and Innovation in the Valley—A Look at Silicon Valley Startups. The online exhibit, featuring the Timeline of Computer History and over 600 key objects from Visible Storage, is found at: www.computerhistory.org. Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing will open physically and online in January 2011.

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