How to control SimpleGazeTracker from a python script

Example of experiment script (VisionEgg)

At the beginning of script, GazeParser.TrackingTools should be initialized. In the following example, IP address of the Recorder PC is and other parameters are set through a configuration file (TrackerSettings.cfg). If configuration file is not specified, default configuration file (‘TrackingTools.cfg’ in the GazeParser configuration directory) is used. See TrackingTools Configuration file for configuration file.

#at first, prepaer a VisionEgg screen.
screen = VisionEgg.Core.get_default_screen()

#import GazeParser.TrackingTools.
from GazeParser.TrackingTools import getController

#get controller and connect to GazeParser.TrackingTools.
tracker = getController(backend='VisionEgg',config='TrackerSettings.cfg')

#get controller and connect to GazeParser.TrackingTools.

Set calibration area and calibration target positions.

(sx,sy) = screen.size
cx = sx/2
cy = sy/2
calibrationArea = (0,0,sx,sy)
taretPositions = ((cx    ,cy    ),
                  (cx-350,cy    ),(cx,cy    ),(cx+350,cy    ),

tracker.setCalibrationTargetPositions(calibrationArea, targetPositions)

Set the name of data file. The extension of the data file is recommended to be ‘.csv’.:


Then, send recording parameters.:

config = GazeParser.Configuration()
config.VIEWING_DISTANCE = 57.3
config.SCREEN_WIDTH = 1024
config.SCREEN_HEIGHT = 768
# (snip)

You can load parameters from GazeParser.Configuration file. See also Configure GazeParser for the configuration file. It is recommended that you prepare a configuration file for each hardware setting.:


Now it is ready to perform calibration. Calibration can be stopped by pressing ESC or Q key on the keyboard. In the following example, terminate script when Q is pressed while continue processing when ESC is pressed. You can check whether calibration is performed at least once by calling isCalibrationFinished() method.:

while True:
    res = tracker.calibrationLoop()
    if res=='q':
        if tracker.isCalibrationFinished():

Now you can start recording. Call startRecording() method when you want to start recording. It is recommended that startRecording() is called immediately before starting a trial. When a trial is finished, call stopRecording() method. You can pass an ASCII string to startRecording() and stopRecording(). The string is recorded in the data file.:

for trialNo in range(numOfTrials):
    #setting parameters for the current trial
    tracker.startRecording(message='Trial No.%d' % trialNo)

    isTrialFinshed = False
    while not isTrialFinished:
        #Updating stimuli

    tracker.stopRecording(message='Response %s', key)

If you want to record an event such as onset of a stimulus, call sendMessage() method.

tracker.sendMessage('Target green right')

This code inserts the passed ASCII string with time stamp into the data file as following. The first element (#MESSAGE) indicates that this line is inserted by sendMessage(). The second element is the timestamp. The last element is the passed string.:

#MESSAGE,1213.356,Target green right

If you want to use gaze-contingent stimuli (such as moving window or moving mask), you can get current gaze postion by calling getEyePosition().:

gazePosition = tracker.getEyePosition()

At the end of the experiment, call closeDataFile() to close the data file on the Recorder PC.:


Example of experiment script (PsychoPy)

Procedure of using GazeParser.TrackingTools with PsychoPy is similar to that with VisionEgg: however, there are several exceptions. At first, GazeParser.TrackingTools.getController() has to be called with backend=’PsychoPy’. Then, pass a PsychoPy window to setCalibrationScreen().

myWin = psychopy.visual.Window()
tracker = getController(backend='PsychoPy',config='TrackerSettings.cfg')

Set calibration area and calibration target positions. Note that the origin of the screen coordinate is aligned with the screen center in PsychoPy. If ‘units’ is not specified, units of the position is ‘pix’.:

(sx,sy) = myWin.size
calibrationArea = (0,0,sx,sy)
taretPositions = ((   0,   0),
                  (-350,   0),(0,   0),(350,   0),
                  (-350, 250),(0, 250),(350, 250))

tracker.setCalibrationTargetPositions(calibrationArea, targetPositions)

To use other units, use ‘units’ option of setCalibrationTargetPositions().:

taretPositions = (( 0.0, 0.0),
                  (-3.0, 0.0),(0.0, 0.0),(3.0, 0.0),
                  (-3.0, 2.5),(0.0, 2.5),(3.0, 2.5))

tracker.setCalibrationTargetPositions(calibrationArea, targetPositions, units='deg')


Units of gaze position in the data file are fixed to ‘pix’ even if other units are used to initialize calibration target positions.

Returned values of getEyePosition() is ‘pix’ at default. If other units are preferable, call getEyePosition with ‘units’ option.:

gazePosition = tracker.getEyePosition(units='deg')