1. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KAIST) researchers upgraded their smart glasses with a low-power multicore processor to employ stereo vision and deep-learning algorithms, making the user interface and experience more intuitive and convenient

    As briefing
    K-Glass is a wearable hands-free display project thats similar to others but has a more unique technology to it. Unlike the others, K-Glass focuses on replicating the process of how our brains form our surroundings when it receives the information from our eyes. Using a technology called Visual Attention Modem (VAM), it categorizes relevant and irrelevant visual data, replicating the human brains ability.



    This way K-Glass can give its user even more intelligent augmented reality. Hence, providing its user with present and relevant information. For example, youre looking for something to eat and end up outside of some restaurant, K-Glass can prompt you with an overlay menu of that restaurants food. Therefore, you dont have to waste time and effort in getting that information.

    IMAGE: K-GLASS 3 CAN DETECT HANDS AND RECOGNIZE THEIR MOVEMENTS TO PROVIDE USERS WITH SUCH AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS AS A VIRTUAL TEXT OR PIANO KEYBOARD. CREDIT: KAIST

    Daejeon, Republic of Korea, February 26, 2016--K-Glass, smart glasses reinforced with augmented reality (AR) that were first developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2014, with the second version released in 2015, is back with an even stronger model. The latest version, which KAIST researchers are calling K-Glass 3, allows users to text a message or type in key words for Internet surfing by offering a virtual keyboard for text and even one for a piano.

    Currently, most wearable head-mounted displays (HMDs) suffer from a lack of rich user interfaces, short battery lives, and heavy weight. Some HMDs, such as Google Glass, use a touch panel and voice commands as an interface, but they are considered merely an extension of smartphones and are not optimized for wearable smart glasses. Recently, gaze recognition was proposed for HMDs including K-Glass 2, but gaze is insufficient to realize a natural user interface (UI) and experience (UX), such as user's gesture recognition, due to its limited interactivity and lengthy gaze-calibration time, which can be up to several minutes.

    As a solution, Professor Hoi-Jun Yoo and his team from the Electrical Engineering Department recently developed K-Glass 3 with a low-power natural UI and UX processor to enable convenient typing and screen pointing on HMDs with just bare hands. This processor is composed of a pre-processing core to implement stereo vision, seven deep-learning cores to accelerate real-time scene recognition within 33 milliseconds, and one rendering engine for the display.



    The stereo-vision camera, located on the front of K-Glass 3, works in a manner similar to three dimension (3D) sensing in human vision. The camera's two lenses, displayed horizontally from one another just like depth perception produced by left and right eyes, take pictures of the same objects or scenes and combine these two different images to extract spatial depth information, which is necessary to reconstruct 3D environments. The camera's vision algorithm has an energy efficiency of 20 milliwatts on average, allowing it to operate in the Glass more than 24 hours without interruption.

    The research team adopted deep-learning-multi core technology dedicated for mobile devices to recognize user's gestures based on the depth information. This technology has greatly improved the Glass's recognition accuracy with images and speech, while shortening the time needed to process and analyze data. In addition, the Glass's multi-core processor is advanced enough to become idle when it detects no motion from users. Instead, it executes complex deep-learning algorithms with a minimal power to achieve high performance.

    Professor Yoo said, "We have succeeded in fabricating a low-power multi-core processer that consumes only 126.1 milliwatts of power with a high efficiency rate. It is essential to develop a smaller, lighter, and low-power processor if we want to incorporate the widespread use of smart glasses and wearable devices into everyday life. K-Glass 3's more intuitive UI and convenient UX permit users to enjoy enhanced AR experiences such as a keyboard or a better, more responsive mouse."

    Along with the research team, UX Factory, a Korean UI and UX developer, participated in the K-Glass 3 project.



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    These research results entitled "A 126.1mW Real-Time Natural UI/UX Processor with Embedded Deep-Learning Core for Low-Power Smart Glasses" (paper number 14.1, lead author: Seong-Wook Park, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering Department, KAIST) were presented at the 2016 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) that took place January 31-February 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

    Sources:
    - https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_relea...-k3o022616.php
    - KAIST
    11-20-2016 12:04 AM
  2. EgoAnt's Avatar
    Okay... Call me juvenile but is there really something called the BONE-AR system?

    People must really be excited about it...
    ...it's a technology that can stand on its own
    I love hearing about up-and-coming tech companies...
    I bet the competition will be stiff.
    They must be happy that so many people want to get their hands on their BONE-AR.


    ....... okay. I think I got that out of my system.
    Chemy JMHT likes this.
    11-21-2016 03:08 PM
  3. Cale Hunt's Avatar
    Okay... Call me juvenile but is there really something called the BONE-AR system?

    People must really be excited about it...
    ...it's a technology that can stand on its own
    I love hearing about up-and-coming tech companies...
    I bet the competition will be stiff.
    They must be happy that so many people want to get their hands on their BONE-AR.


    ....... okay. I think I got that out of my system.
    I saw the guy wearing the bulky glasses just before seeing BONE-AR which made me laugh. I'm just as juvenile as you I guess.

    Thanks for the share, Chemy. When he opened the magazine and a 3D model of the car popped up, I was a little taken aback. I imagine the military is already all over something like this.
    11-21-2016 07:28 PM
  4. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    I saw the guy wearing the bulky glasses just before seeing BONE-AR which made me laugh. I'm just as juvenile as you I guess.

    Thanks for the share, Chemy. When he opened the magazine and a 3D model of the car popped up, I was a little taken aback. I imagine the military is already all over something like this.
    Military and Porn, those are the real deal all over everything... I don't know why, but I think eventually those two will marry and their child will be bad and ugly.

    Getting back into subject, what I like the most of this one is it is being developed by an university, so it should be ope source and if it's not at least education could be improved.
    11-21-2016 07:48 PM
  5. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    I saw the guy wearing the bulky glasses just before seeing BONE-AR which made me laugh. I'm just as juvenile as you I guess.

    Thanks for the share, Chemy. When he opened the magazine and a 3D model of the car popped up, I was a little taken aback. I imagine the military is already all over something like this.
    Military and Porn, those are the real deal all over everything... I don't know why, but I think eventually those two will marry and their child will be bad and ugly.

    Getting back into subject, what I like the most of this one is it is being developed by an university, so it should be ope source and if it's not at least education could be improved.
    11-21-2016 07:54 PM
  6. Cale Hunt's Avatar
    Military and Porn, those are the real deal all over everything... I don't know why, but I think eventually those two will marry and their child will be bad and ugly.

    Getting back into subject, what I like the most of this one is it is being developed by an university, so it should be ope source and if it's not at least education could be improved.
    Good point about it hopefully being open source.
    11-28-2016 07:40 PM

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