After the Google Glass or the Moverio from Epson, these new glasses, called J!NS MEME, add to these many connected objects that make us addicted. More than a high-tech accessory, these intelligent glasses will allow us to measure and analyze our degree of fatigue.
The J!NS MEME were created by the Japanese start-up Jins Co and are based on the activity of our eyes, more precisely on the electrical activity generated by our eyes (electro oculography) to check our state of fatique via a smartphone application: thanks to contact points of the frame on the skin, particularly at the level of the pads near the eyes or the branches around the ear, they will be able to detect changes in the direction of the eye or the number of blinks made by the wearer.
And contrary to the glasses mentioned above, the J!NS MEME have the particularity of not having an augmented reality application.
Six sensors built into the frame monitor eye movements. These allow the J!NS MEME to detect fatigue movements and send a notification via Bluetooth to a mobile application (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) suggesting the owner take a break. Powered by a battery, they incorporate a gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer.
Like electronic bracelets, SEMEs record the caloric expenditure and the number of steps taken in a day. Health and well-being are therefore the key words of these new glasses!
If we are not able to perform a physical task that requires total concentration, then the glasses will let us know and we can adjust our program according to the information provided. According to the association Prévention Routière, fatigue and drowsiness at the wheel are responsible for 8 % of fatal accidents on the entire French road network in 2012.
The design by Satoshi Wasa from SW Design, is particularly soft, so the glasses can be used in everyday life. For the moment these glasses are available in three models, Wellington, Half rim and Sunglass, a sober design adapted to different styles.
Official sources have announced that an SDK (developer's kit) will be made available this fall to enable the creation of applications on these glasses. On the other hand, it will be necessary to wait until spring 2015 for the glasses to be released in Japan first, for a price around 500€ and 700€.
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