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Friday, April 01, 2011

Facial Recognition Glasses Allow Blind to Avoid Obnoxious Persons

In another advance for the independence of blind people, the American Printing House for the Blind has announced a prototype of a facial recognition system that will warn users of the approach of obnoxious persons. The system consists of glasses embedded with a tiny camera, a belt-worn processing unit, and an earpiece. The system will recognize the faces of people preprogrammed into the unit and will use synthetic speech to warn the blind user of their approach.

"We continue to work on leveling the playing field," said an APH spokesman. "Sighted people have the advantage of being able to dodge overbearing relatives, endlessly chatty landlords, and neighbors trying to invite them to sales parties for products they don't need. We hope soon that blind folks will have the same freedom."

A planned second-generation prototype will be able to use artificial intelligence to recognize obnoxious persons automatically, without requiring pre-programming. Algorithms are being developed to recognize such persons as bad-joke-telling bosses, pushy sales people, and that guy who just won't take no for an answer.

There is no word when the unit might be commercially available.


Jackie said...

Are you looking for beta testers? I want to volunteer! I am laughing, and I hope Fred is, too! After all, it is April 1!

Jeremiah said...

I thought that sixth sense, you know the one all blind people have, was supposed to take care of that for us! Fair enough, it's never helped me avoid my mother-in-law, insurance salespeople, or panhandlers, but I thought I was unique in wanting this long overdue tool. If it'll work on IOS, I'll buy it first!

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