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  May 21, 2014

JINS Meme Eyewear Uses Electro Oculogy Sensing Technology for Visualizing Exhaustion and Drowsiness

By Eye² Staff


Seeing an opportunity in what it calls the "sensing eyewear market," JIN, a leading Japanese optical retailer and eyeglass maker, has developed eyewear that can monitor attention levels and provide other biometric feedback to the wearer.

JIN said its self-sensing specs, known as JINS Meme, are equipped with a proprietary, three-point Electro Oculogy Sensor. (JIN noted that human eyes normally have a positive electric charge on the cornea side and negative charge on the retina side; the difference in these potential is called Electro Oculogy (EOG). The technology used to detect this difference when the eye moves is known as Electro Oculogy Sensing Technology). JINS Meme takes advantage of the unique characteristics of eyewear and achieves real time measurement of shifts in line of sight in eight directions and blinking, from EOG detected from pads at the nose and between the eyebrows, according to JIN.

Wearers can use JINS Meme to manage their physical condition in real time in different settings in conjunction with a smartphone app. The data acquired by JINS MEME in real time is displayed through a dedicated smartphone app reflecting one of three settings:


1. Uses in the office
JINS MEME can deduce the wearer's levels of exhaustion and concentration when working in the office based on changes in their eye movements. The degree to which the wearer is tired is visualized with a "Mental Energy" (ME) exhaustion index developed exclusively by JINS. This allows the wearer to constantly manage their exhaustion when they are in the office.

2. Uses when driving
Eye movements change when a person gets drowsy. The eyes of a driver exhibit certain characteristic movements the drowsier the driver gets. Joint research done with associate professor Kano from Shibaura Institute of Technology resulted in the creation of a unique algorithm on the JINS Meme. JIN said it is working to create the ability to detect symptoms of driver drowsiness in advance and issue an alert.

3. Uses for fitness activities
Head movements reflect the more important body movements such as those related to one's center of gravity and body axis. The JINS Meme can capture even slight head movements through the hexaxial (acceleration and angular velocity) sensor installed in the frame. The device is more accurate than wrist-band sensing devices and can provide step counts and calculate the amount of activity, JIN said. The dedicated app for the product enables the wearer to easily make practical use of the latest in physical fitness training theories, which put the focus on one's body axis and trunk, since the app can assess in real time the inclination of and changes to the wearer's body while running or walking.

JIN plans to release JINS Meme, in spring, 2015.

Click here to see a video about JINS Meme.

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