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Open Eyewear

Open Eyewear; photo by JINS MEME
In an increasingly interconnected world, and with a greater flow of information, more people are having problems with keeping attention and focus. Attention is a finite resource, and we need to use it smartly. We need new tools to better manage our attention, to improve our collective intelligence. There are patterns in human physiological signals (facial expressions, heart rate, nose temperature, eye movements, blinks etc.) that can reveal information about intentions and cognitive functions of an individuals and groups. So far, this data is only heavily exploited by advertisement and marketing companies. This projects aims at exploring these patterns using an Open Eyewear Platform to better understand our behavior. So, people can optimize for their own personal and society goals. We see this as an integral first step to democratize Big Personal Data and giving the user more control over their lives, living with greater awareness and intention, and giving people more power to achieving their potential. We need better tools for personal and society introspection.

In this project, we work on an Open Eyewear Platform, a toolset to quantify social and cognitive functions of individuals and groups of people in real life settings using physiological sensing (e.g. eye movements, blink patterns, facial expressions etc.). After we can quantify these social and cognitive functions, we are designing interactions/ interventions to improve behavior.

Why Eyewear? As humans receive most of their sensory input via the head, it is a particularly interesting body location for sensing and interaction especially for tracking and enhancing social and cognitive functions. In contrast to Google Glass and early wearable system approaches that just attached devices to standard glasses, we envision exploiting smart eyeglasses for assistance applications through fully integrated sensing, processing, and interaction functions in the regular spectacles design, thus maximizing unobtrusiveness.

We work on how:
(1) To quantify social and cognitive functions using sensors embedded in unobtrusive eyewear to better understand our behavior
(2) to visualize this data to provide insights to individuals and groups about their behavior and to design interventions to improve behavior and effectiveness based on your personal goals.
(3) To make an Open Eyewear toolset available to individuals.

This project is interdisciplinary research focusing on the use of patterns in physiological signals to quantify and improve our daily behavior using a smart glasses design. We assess the link between behavior patterns/physiological signals and social/cognitive functions using specialized medical hardware (ground truth) and we quantify them in real life (from the lab to everyday). In a second step, we explore interactions to improve behavior: learn smarter, work smarter, live smarter.
Open Eyewear; photo by