Monday, 31 October 2011

X-Ray Glasses That Can Read Minds

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), USA, said that they had come up with a new pair of “ X-ray glasses “, which can help the wearer know exactly what the person he/she is talking to is thinking. In the same manner, the glasses can also tell the wearer when he/she should stop talking. The glasses have a built-in camera which monitors the other person’s facial expressions and matches them up with 24 known features which convey emotions. It will then tell the individual via an earpiece and lights on the glasses what is going through the other person’s mind.

In traffic light-style system, a red light means negative, amber means modest interest, and green indicates that the other person is happy.The eyewear was originally developed for people suffering from autism who have genuine problems in interacting with others, but now the developers have seen wider applications of the glasses. The prototype works thanks to a camera the size of a grain of rice which is put into the frame and connected to a mini-computer, attached to the user’s body.
The camera monitors how long and often the 24 “features points” appear on the subject’s face which are then analysed by a special software developed by the MIT team. This data is then compared with a bank of expressions and the computer tells the wearer what is going on via the earpiece and the traffic light-style system.

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