Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your├é┬ánostalgia├é┬áreflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.


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Smart Goggles help you find lost items +

Yasuo Kuniyoshi's Smart Googles

If you’re anything like me, you have senior moments even in your twenties. I will sometimes forget where I placed something that I had in my hand like 5 minutes prior. The excuse I give myself is that I have so much going on in my head that forgetting the insignificant things doesn’t matter. Good enough for me.

Leave it to Professor Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the University of Tokyo to come to my rescue. He has developed what he calls Smart Goggles that remembers where you last saw an item. His glasses have a built in camera, display screen, and a computer system that catalogs items in a database. First, you must go around the room identifying items that you have a habit of losing. When the computer focuses on an item, you are prompted to name the object, which you can say aloud. The computer records the audio and associates it with the current item. When you need to find that item again, just say the name, and the system will search the database and playback a video of where the item was last seen.

Kuniyoshi has already successfully demonstrated the system with 60 different items ranging from CDs, mobile phones and even a potted begonia. Kuniyoshi has a background in artificial intelligence, and is the head of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems and Informatics. His Smart Goggles takes advantage of A.I by learning from its mistakes. If you say an item, and it gets the result wrong, it fixes the bad association in its database.

The Smart Goggles are still in a prototype stage, and is currently being refined. Right now, a bulky backpack housing the computer must be worn. In time, Professor Kuniyoshi hopes that these goggles will be useful for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Daily Mail via Geekologie

One Response to “Smart Goggles help you find lost items”

  1. 1 Says:

    Smart Goggles help you find lost items…

    OH OH I sooo need these! Lets hope they streamline them a LOT though lol!

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