March 14, 2008
Smart Goggles that could make lost keys, mobile phones or iPod a thing of the past
Japanese scientists have invented a pair of intelligent glasses that remembers where people last saw their keys, handbag, iPod or mobile phone, reports The Daily Mail.
"The spectacles - which come with a built in camera, display screen and computer brain - can even identify unfamiliar plants or faces.
In fact, the only thing it can't help you find are your glasses.
The Smart Goggles are the brainchild of Prof Kuniyoshi at the University of Tokyo. They contain a compact video camera which films everything the wearer looks at - and a viewfinder which fits snugly in front of the right lens.
To use the glasses, the wearer first wanders around a house or workplace for an hour or so, looking at the objects he or she may later want to find in a hurry.
Each time the camera focuses on a 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.
Once the names have been programmed in, the glasses will try to find the right name for any object they come across. The names appear in small type on the viewfinder.
If they are unable to recognise an object they make a guess and - if they get it wrong - learn from their mistakes.
At some point in the future, if the wearer is trying to find their keys in a hurry, they simply name the object.
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