The Eyeglasses That Can Locate Anything (Except Themselves)
Posted on May 26, 2009
How many times have you forgotten where you put those keys? Weren’t they in your hand just a moment ago?
Sound familiar? Well, you are not alone, but this recent solution may sound even weirder; a pair of eyeglasses.
A team of Japanese scientists have figured out a way for most of us of any age to cope with what is euphemistically referred to as a “senior moment.” It is one of those hush, hush, need I say more, artificial intelligence projects with code names and elusive keywords.
Dubbed “Smart Goggles,” these glasses are the brainchild of Yasuo Kuniyoshi. When properly balanced on one’s nose, the inventor boasts that nothing (I repeat, nothing) will ever be misplaced again!
The Smart Goggles contain a compact video camera, which films everything the wearer looks at, and a viewfinder, which fits snugly in front of the right lens. The goggles are connected to a small, but highly capable computer processor worn on the back, which has the ability to recognize shapes within the blink of an eye. It is uncertain though, if the images can be transmitted simultaneously via broadband or mobile broadband connection.
It is positively incredible (and also very weird) the way these glasses work. The wearer informs the glasses what he or she is in search of and the glasses respond by instantly playing a video into one’s eye depicting the last few seconds you saw the item.
The Smart Goggles do their magic via a tiny video camera, which constantly records everything the wearer sees. They contain a tiny display, which identifies the object being scanned. A small readout instantly announces what the computer perceives the object to be.
The glasses offer a good guess as to what objects are, as many things look different when viewed from different angles. The Smart Goggles fare better when identifying a chair or a guitar than a coat-hanger or a battery.
What took Professor Kuniyoshi years to perfect is the exact, step-by-step procedure needed to allow the goggles to instantly recognize that which they are seeing. That has been the ultimate challenge of robotics and artificial intelligence and one that has been met with these Smart Goggles. They now represent possibly the world’s most advanced object recognition software.
In order to achieve optimum results, the user should wander about the house for about a hour talking to the Smart Goggles and acquainting them with the names of everything they come in contact with. Each time the camera focuses on an object, such as a set of keys, a mobile phone or a purse, the wearer says the name aloud. The name is then recorded and stored into the memory.
Are these Smart Goggles the ultimate connection between the real world and its cyber counterpart?
Of course, if you forget to wear them, then the whole thing becomes a moot point… doh!