Wearablerable, tetherless computer - mediated reality: WearCam as a wearable face - recognizer, and other applications for the disabled

Steve Mann
  author    = "Mann, Steve",
  title     = "{\bf Wearable, tetherless computer--mediated reality}:
               {WearCam} as a wearable face--recognizer,
               and other applications for the disabled",
  institution = "M.I.T. Media Lab Perceptual Computing Section;
                Also appears in {\bf AAAI Fall Symposium on
                Developing Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities},
                9-11 November 1996, MIT; /wearcomp/vmp/",
  type      = "TR",
  number    = "361",
  address   = "Cambridge, Massachusetts",
  month     = "February 2",
  year      = 1996


WearCam, a wearable multimedia system with video processing capability and wireless Internet connection, has recently been proposed. In this paper, WearCam is presented as a prosthetic device. In particular, two example applications: the `Personal Visual Assistant' and the Visual Memory Prosthetic are described. The `Personal Visual Assistant' embodies a spatial `visual filter' that reconfigures the human visual system, providing a coordinate transformation (remapping of spatial coordinates). Such coordinate transformations, it is hoped, might someday be of use to the partially sighted. The Visual Memory Prosthetic embodies a `temporal visual filter' that provides computer-induced `flashbacks' (possibly together with annotation). These `flashbacks' currently help the author overcome `visual amnesia'. It is hoped that, with further research, the apparatus and approach might someday lead to perceptual intelligence that we can wear, and be of great benefit to the disabled.

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See also `Smart Clothing': Wearable Multimedia and `Personal Imaging' to restore the balance between people and their intelligent environments