Frequently asked questions
How much does Optikey cost?
All the Optikey software is completely free, forever. However, for a full eye controlled system you will also need a Windows computer and an eye tracker. The most cost effective eye trackers start at around £150.
I want a faster/slower dwell time, or to use a switch to click
These settings can all be configured in the Management Console. Run Optikey, right click on Optikey, launch the Management Console, and change the settings on the Pointing & Selecting screen.
When I try to install or run Optikey I see a Smart Screen warning saying that Optikey is an unrecognised and potentially dangerous application
Due to the fact that new releases of Optikey can be detected as new applications, Windows can occasionally consider it an unknown entity for a little while and warn people installing it that it may not be trustworthy. Don't worry - if you have downloaded Optikey from this site (or the official Optikey repository on GitHub) then it doesn't mean that the installer you are using has been compromised. Click "MORE INFO" and then "RUN ANYWAY" and the installation/run will continue normally. I expect this warning to go away as OptiKey matures and Windows starts recognising it as a "safe" application.
When I try to download, install or run Optikey my virus scanner complains that Optikey may be a virus
It isn't. Some overly zealous virus scanners mistake the keyboard simulation logic in Optikey for a keylogger, but there is no nasty stuff in the code (which is all available for scrutiny as the project is 100% open-source).
My eye tracker is not working
If your eye tracker is not working with Optikey, please first check that you have configured Optikey correctly as detailed at First time setup. If you’ve already set this up correctly and are still having problems, you can see more advice here Solving eye tracker problems.
Can I use Optikey on multiple monitors?
Optikey is designed to work on single monitor setups only and is not guaranteed to work with multi-monitor setups. Some of our users have had success on multiscreen systems with an extended desktop provided that (1) the eye tracker is correctly configured for the primary monitor, and (2) the primary monitor is on the left. In this case, the eye tracking will only work on the primary monitor, but you will be able to use the other monitor for other apps.