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VR Interfaces: Cyber Goggles


Overview of Cyber Goggles
Augmented reality tagging has begun to creep forwards as a technology for some years now. If you can co-ordinate virtual data with physical locations, you can tag something, and correlate to a virtual database.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a system which is designed as a memory aid for the elderly, to build on this concept.

Cyber Goggles are essentially oversized glasses with a compact camera and LCD display mounted above them, and dangling over the right-side lens. A standard low-budget AR system, they feed video to a computer worn on the user?s back. The computer records the footage and relies on ultrahigh-speed image recognition processing software to analyze, name and file the objects that appear in the video. Later, when the user types in a keyword to search for a particular item, the corresponding video plays on the LCD, helping the user remember the location of the item in question.

n a demonstration at the University of Tokyo in early March 2008, 60 everyday items ? including a potted begonia, CD, hammer and cellphone ? were programmed into the Cyber Goggle memory. As the demonstrator walked around the room viewing and recording the various objects, the names of the items appeared on the goggle screen. The demonstrator was then able to do a search for the various items and retrieve the corresponding video.

If this succeeds, you'll never lose your keys again. Or need to remember where you parked your car. Or misplace the remote. The researchers also hope the image processing technology will be used to search through hours of video footage to find particular images.

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