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Eye Wink Interfaces

Thanks to “eye wink” interfaces, users can bat their eyelids to play their favorite song or even play video games. Users need not use their hands to perform tasks , the system can serve as “a third hand” for caregivers, rock-climbers, car/motorbike drivers and astronauts, as well as people with disabilities.

When a user winks, movement in their skin is detected by sensors clipped to their glasses or headphones, said Kazuhiro Taniguchi of Osaka University’s Graduate School of Engineering Science, who developed the “KomeKami Switch” or “Temple Switch”.

The Kome Kami Switch, comprises a single-chip computer and a couple of infrared sensors that monitor the temple movements; and is small enough to be built into the side of a pair of eyeglasses. It is capable of operating television sets, air conditioners, room lighting and other household electronics. More >

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