Earpiece PC Tracks Behavior Via Facial Expressions

Earpiece PC Tracks Behavior Via Facial Expressions

[PC Mag]


A team of Japanese engineers are testing a tiny personal computer that fits into your ear, and is controlled by eye blinks or tongue clicks.

As if talking into an almost hidden Bluetooth earpiece didn’t make you look crazy enough, this 17-gram wireless device gets its cues from wearers through tongue clicks and facial expressions, according to The Japan Times. For now, researchers at Hiroshima City University are calling it an “Earclip-type Wearable PC” and are developing it as a wireless device with bluetooth and GSP, as well as a compass, gyrosensor, battery, barometer, speaker, and microphone.

“We have made this with the basic idea that people will wear it in the same way they wear earrings,” project engineer Kazuhiro Taniguchi told the Times.

Following in the footsteps of wearable computing hardware like Google Glass, this miniature machine—planned to launch as a consumer device by the end of 2015 —includes a microchip and data storage.