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User interface going toward embedded vision?

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Vital signs camera
Philips developed a Vital Signs Camera app that runs on iPad 2 or iPhone 4S. The camera detects subtle changes in facial color to measure heart rate, while it also tracks chest movements to measure your breathing rate. The user merely sits still in front of an iPad.

It's not clear who actually wants to post one's vital signs on Facebook or e-mail heart rate readings to his girlfriend (as a Philips demo video suggests), but the capability is there, thanks to iPad 2 or iPhone 4S.

Vital Signs Camera app

The camera detects subtle changes in facial color to measure heart rate, while it also tracks chest movements to measure your breathing rate.

Detect driver distraction and drowsiness
Eyelid movements and the direction of gaze are said to be highly reliable measures to warn drivers of an uncontrolled sleep onset or critical lack of attention to the road, according to Tobii Technology, a company that developed its own eye-tracking technology.

Tobii's sensor registers and analyzes: presence and position of the eyes; eyelid closure; and velocity of the eyelid. The company's eye-tracking technology can also provide analytics on eye gaze and/or head pose data. Most important, it's designed to operate on virtually all people regardless of glasses, lenses, age, ethnic origin, eye color and other variations on the physiology of the eye.

Tobii Technology sensors

The company's eye-tracking technology can also provide analytics on eye gaze and/or head pose data.

Next-gen vending machine will size you up
Intel, Okaya Electronics and Sanden have developed a new "concept" vending machine featuring a vertically-mounted 65-inch see-through, touchscreen HD display. The transparent display allows customers to see products inside the vending machine, while the screen can show overlaid text messages, graphics and animation.

The vending machine comes with a camera and "audience impression metric" features. Based on the image captured by the camera, the vending machine runs anonymous facial recognition algorithms. The machine can take a good guess at a customer's gender and age so that it can show advertising content to match the customer's demographics.

But does it say, "Ouch!" when you kick it?

New concept vending machine

The vending machine comes with a camera and audience impression metric features.

Swivel?
Microsoft demos a virtual dressing room at CES 2012 called Swivel. Designed as the first virtual try-on system, it allows shoppers to see how clothes and accessories look on them in real-time. It can show you how great you look in complete ensembles "without making you go on a barefooted hunt from the fitting room to multiple departments and back," Microsoft said. Also a great gift for the "virtual cross-dresser!"

Swivel

Microsoft's Swivel is a virtual try-on system that allows shoppers to see how clothes look on them in real-time.

- Junko Yoshida
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