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March 20, 2013

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Heads Up
Rx-able Google Glass

Interactive OLED Data Glasses

Next Dimension
S3D a Strong Persuader

Sight Seeing
Sonar System for Congenitally Blind


Heads Up

Google: Glass Will Be Rx-able

Google continues to generate massive publicity for its soon-to-be released Google Glass, revealing new features of its eyeglass-like, Internet connected wearable computer bit by bit. The company has already shown how to record video, take photos or search the Web using voice commands. At the SXSW Interactive Festival earlier this month, Timothy Jordan, Google's senior developer advocate, demonstrated how to navigate the glasses and how apps like Gmail, the New York Times and Evernote work with it.



Fraunhofer's Interactive OLED Data Eyeglasses Win Innovation Award at CeBIT 2013

On March 5, 2013 the Innovation Award IT 2013, awarded by the "Initiative of medium-sized businesses," was presented to the winners during the CeBIT 2013, in Hanover/Germany. The interactive OLED data eyeglasses won the award in the "hardware category."

Dr. Rigo Herold, system designer at Fraunhofer COMEDD, who has developed the data eyeglasses principally, is pleased about such recognition of his work: "This award shows especially that – apart from Google – intensive research on data eyeglasses is done also in Germany. However, our OLED data eyeglasses have a sensational unique feature: They can be gaze-controlled by the user's eyes. My special thanks go as well to our partners Fraunhofer IOSB and Trivisio."


Next Dimension

Stereoscopic 3D Is More Persuasive Than 2D

Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) is more effective than 2D at changing opinions, according to a recent study conducted by The Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University's College of Optometry. The study, which was supported by Intel Corp., involved 90 adults, aged 18 to 40. Survey respondents were presented with six video topics, and were asked to respond to statements about travel (Climbing Mt. Everest should be encouraged, or Climbing Mt. Everest should be discouraged), technology, outdoors, biology and astronomy. They were shown 48 versions of the video in three- to four-minute length (S3D vs. 2D, mono vs. stereo, for vs. against). Researchers measured binocular eye tracking; immersion, discomfort, and noted on which part of the video the respondents would foveate, which indicated they were paying attention to it.



Sight Seeing

Sonar Vision System Helps the Congenitally Blind to 'See'

A "sonar vision" system that enables people who are blind from birth to perceive the shape of a face, a house or even words and letters, is being developed by a team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, according to CEA, a French government-funded technological research organization. Using this device, the researchers have shown that, in people that are blind from birth, the areas of the cerebral cortex normally devoted to reading become activated in response to stimulation. The results of this study, conducted in conjunction with researchers at the ICM Brain and Bone Marrow Institute Research Center (Inserm/UPMC/AP-HP) and NeuroSpin (CEA-Inserm), were published in Neuron on November 8.


Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

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