Face the music

Japanese researchers are working on Mimi, an ear-mounted switch interface that sounds too good to be true. It can be programmed to react to a variety of facial expressions or gestures (e.g., sticking out the tongue, widening the eyes) for performing environmental control functions–obvious benefits for hands-free situations. But wait! That’s not all! It can also react to your unconscious expressions, such as changing what’s playing on your iPod in response to what it perceives as your mood, which could provide positive stimuli for people with cognitive or emotional disabilities. Apparently it can even perform health monitoring functions. You sunny little honey of a Mimi, you’re aiming high.

ZeeNews: Facial expressions to control iPod

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