Energy-stingy tech could give wearable computers continuous vision
Rice University researchers have just the thing for the age of information overload: an app that sees all and remembers only what it should.
RedEye, new technology from Rice’s Efficient Computing Group that was unveiled today at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA 2016) conference in Seoul, South Korea, could provide computers with continuous vision — a first step toward allowing the devices to see what their owners see and keep track of what they need to remember.
“The concept is to allow our computers to assist us by showing them what we see throughout the day,” said group leader Lin Zhong, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice and the co-author of a new study about RedEye. “It would be like having a personal assistant who can remember someone you met, where you met them, what they told you and other specific information like prices, dates and times.”
Zhong said RedEye is an example of the kind of technology the computing industry is developing for use with wearable, hands-free, always-on devices that are designed to support people in their daily lives. The trend, which is sometimes referred to as “pervasive computing” or “ambient intelligence,” centers on technology that can recognize and even anticipate what someone needs and provide it right away.
“The pervasive-computing movement foresees devices that are personal assistants, which help us in big and small ways at almost every moment of our lives,” Zhong said. “But a key enabler of this technology is equipping our devices to see what we see and hear what we hear. Smell, taste and touch may come later, but vision and sound will be the initial sensory inputs.”