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Real-time emotion detection with Google Glass: An awesome, creepy taste of the future of wearable computers
The wily geniuses at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have created the world’s first real-time emotion detection app for Google Glass. The app (glassware, as Google prefers to call it) can also accurately detect someone’s age or gender. All of the analysis is carried out on-board — the cloud isn’t used; the raw data (which might be sensitive in nature) never leaves the Glass device. Real-time emotion detection could be of great use for people with disorders such as autism, who often struggle to interpret facial expressions, or simply for people who struggle to divine their partner’s true emotional state when they say that they’re “fine.”
Fraunhofer’s Google Glass app is based on its tried-and-tested SHORE (Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition Engine) system. SHORE started off as an object-detection computer vision system, but over the years it has developed into a face detection and fine facial analysis system. It can pick out a person’s face with a 91.5% success rate, and tell you that person’s gender 94.3% of the time. It can even take a stab at the person’s age. Previously, SHORE — which is essentially a highly optimized C++ library — has been deployed on various computer systems, from PCs to tablets. Now, Fraunhofer IIS has squeezed all of that facial analysis goodness onto Google Glass’s rather wimpy hardware (1GB of RAM, dual-core TI OMAP 4430 SoC). Watch the video below; it’s a little bit scary how accurate the system is at detecting gender, age, and emotional state.
You can look at the new Apple Watchin two ways: At the $350 price point, it is one of the best-looking, best-designed watches you can buy. No, really, in both the digital and mechanical/analog space, the $350 Apple Watch is a steal. The other way of looking at it is this: You’re paying $350 for something that you might wear once or twice, and then quickly relegate to your interesting curios (read: junk) drawer when you realize that it’s too bulky to fit under your shirt cuff or use at the gym, and that you have to recharge it every night.
At this point, I want to ask you a couple of questions. First: Do you actually want a smartwatch? Think about it. If you currently wear a Casio or Swatch or a horological mechanical masterpiece from Switzerland, do you want to replace it with a smartwatch? If you don’t currently wear a watch — which makes you part of the growing majority, don’t forget — would you want to wear an Apple Watch?
Second question: Why are smartwatches necessarily the future of both horology (the science of measuring time) and personal computing? Do you really think that, at least in the near future, we’re all going to start using smartwatches? Has the smartphone really had all of its allotted time in the limelight?
The next version of Google Glass, which is due out sometime in 2015, will be powered by an Intel x86 chip — rather than the Texas Instruments ARM chip that helms the current Glass Explorer Edition hardware. This will mark the first major hardware revision for Glass, which was first shown off at Google I/O 2012 and went on sale in limited quantities in early 2013. Presumably this is either to boost the performance and battery life of Glass considerably — or Intel cut a very generous deal that encouraged Google to move away from ARM for its wearable computing efforts.
Currently, the Explorer Edition of Google Glass (which is available to public as of May 2014) costs around $1,500 — which is a pretty steep price to pay for a device with limited battery life and an ancient TI OMAP 4430 SoC. When the consumer version of Glass finally arrives, priced at around “the average smartphone,” it will ideally need all-day battery life — a problem, when you’re dealing with such a tiny form factor (it’s not ideal to carry a large battery over your ear). It would also be nice if future versions of Glass had built-in cellular connectivity (at the moment they need to be paired over Bluetooth with a nearby smartphone). Again, though, this would be a big drain on battery life.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, Intel will supply the SoC in the next version of Google Glass. It isn’t clear if this will be the consumer version of Glass, or merely an updated version for developers/early adopters. Sadly, there’s no word on what Intel chip Google has chosen — but given how the current OMAP 4430 SoC is a power-hungry 45nm part, I would’ve thought that many of Intel’s newer 22nm and 14nm parts would potentially fit the bill.
According to Bloomberg, despite an endless barrage of commercials, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch hasn’t been a big hit for Samsung Electronics. But the South Korean company has high hopes for a new app that lets BMW owners monitor their beloved cars’ vital signs on their wristwatches.
Samsung introduced the BMW app for the Gear last week at the International Consumer Electronics Show. You couldn’t miss it. Among the televisions, cameras, tablets and dishwashers in Samsung’s largest-ever booth inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, a BMW i3 electric car was stationed in one corner.
Samsung’s Smartwatch will be one of hot wearable devices to be discussed at Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com), “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion”, forums to be held throughout 2014 in New York City (January 30), San Francisco (March 18), London (May 29), Seoul (September 25) and Munich (November 20).
The Huffington Post: Cecilia Abadie, California Motorist, Cleared In Google Glass Speeding Ticket Case
According to The Huffington Post, a San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device. Commissioner John Blair ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty because the code she was cited for requires proof that the device was in operation. Blair found there was no proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
Abadie is believed to be the first motorist cited for wearing Google Glass while driving. She was also found not guilty of speeding. Abadie, a software developer, is among some 30,000 people called “explorers” who have been selected to try out Google Glass before the technology becomes widely available to the public later this year. The device on a kind of glass-wear frame features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.
Abadie was pulled over in October on a San Diego freeway. The California Highway Patrol officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to people driving while a video or TV screen is on in the front of their vehicle. Abadie had pleaded not guilty to both charges in San Diego traffic court. Her attorney William Concidine previously said the device was not activated when she was driving.
Abadie, founder of 33Labs, will address hundreds of attendees to Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com), “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion”, forums to be held throughout 2014 in New York City (January 30), San Francisco (March 18), London (May 29), Seoul (September 25) and Munich (November 20).
Wearable Technologies Forum Goes Global in 2014, with Conferences in New York City, San Francisco, London, Seoul and Munich
An impressive lineup of experts ready themselves to engage with hundreds of business and technology enthusiasts at Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com), “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion”, forums to be held throughout 2014 in New York City (January 30), San Francisco (March 18), London (May 29), Seoul (September 25) and Munich (November 20).
The future is here, with the production of a new generation of technologies such as Google Glass, Apple “iWatch” and Samsung Galaxy Gear, among others, that will allow users to interact with computing devices that are worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing. The introduction of smart watches and glasses bring upon economic, social and personal effects that will revolutionize the human experience.
The use of technology has greatly expanded out of the workplace into users’ daily lives. Now the integration of human experience and wearable computing will allow users to enhance each experience. This new wave of technologies will ignite an explosion of innovation which will be the key to advancement for mankind.
Now we are at an inflexion point in the advancement of the adoption of wearable computing. To expand the market for wearable technologies, it is necessary for developers and manufacturers to lead the world to show how the usage of these technologies can revolutionize every aspect of the human experience.
Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014, “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion,” will examine wearable technologies’ functions, application, the competition and possibilities for economic and personal growth.
Wearable Computing Conference 2014 is produced by Golden Networking (http://www.goldennetworking.net), the premier networking community for business and technology executives, entrepreneurs and investors.Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact Golden Networking by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google Explorer Appealing First Ever Glass Speeding Ticket Will Speak at Golden Networking’s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 New York City
Cecilia Abadie, the Southern California woman cited for wearing Internet-connected eyeglasses while driving plans to contest the citation. Ms. Abadie was pulled over for speeding Tuesday evening in San Diego, when a California Highway Patrol officer noticed she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen. Abadie, a software developer, said that she was not using her Google Glass when she was pulled over for allegedly going about 80 mph in a 65 mph zone on the drive home to Temecula after visiting a friend.
Ms. Abadie, who is the founder of 33Labs, will address from California hundreds of attendees to Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 New York City (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com), “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing the Human Experience”, January 30.
A passionate evangelizer about everything digital, Ms. Abadie is a Google Glass Explorer and Pioneer who spreads the word about wearable devices and the many ways they can change our world. As the founder of 33Labs, she leads a global development team that researches and develops wearable and mobile applications to deliver experiences that innovate and disrupt the personal and the enterprise realms. Ms. Abadie was born in Argentina and raised in Uruguay, which is where she got her Master Degree on Information Systems and where she began her career as an international software consultant and developer. She immigrated to the United States of America ten years ago and is currently living in Southern California.