Data Glasses with Hands-Free Controls Developed
Some months ago Google's Project Glass was revealed as a single-lens glasses device that can connect to another device to deliver information. While the hardware may have been new from Google, a real Head Mounted Display (HMD) has been something of interest to researchers for a long time. Now those at the Fraunhofer Center for Organics, Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden COMEDD are presenting their own take on an HMB at the Electronica Trade Fair.
This new HMD features an OLED display on a CMOS chip, along with several photodetectors. These photodetectors are essentially tiny cameras but the pictures they are taking are not of the environment, but of your eyes. The researchers recognized that while an HMD like Project Glass is a nice device for displaying information, it is lacking when it comes to interacting with the same information. Instead of requiring a joystick, touchscreen, or voice commands, their HMDs track the wearer's eye movements to control the information. For example, if you need to turn a page, instead of pressing a button with your hand, you look at a button on the display, allowing your hands to remain where they are.
At the trade fair the HMD will be presented as an Evaluation Kit which includes the hardware and software. Those who purchase the kit will be able to get the glasses with a laptop and the software preinstalled, or buy the software separately to install on their own Linux or Windows machine.