Control Electronic Devices with Facial Expressions

Mar 9, 2009

Soon you will be able to change the music on your iPod just with a wink! Because a Japanese inventor has created a cool gadget that can control electronic devices by recognizing different facial expressions. Cool isn’t it?

Mimi Switch

Mimi Switch

Called as the “Mimi Switch” or “Ear Switch”, the gadget looks like a normal set of headphones but is fitted with a set of infrared sensors that measure tiny movements inside the ear that result from different facial expressions. It is also connected with a micro-computer that can control various electronic devices. In simple words, it is your hands-free remote control for all electronic devices!

For example, you will be able to turn on room lights or swing your washing machine into action with a quick twitch of your mouth. Or you can tell your iPod to start or stop a track by sticking your tongue out. Mimi Switch can be easily programmed to run with various other facial expressions. In fact, it store and interpret data and get to know its user by monitoring natural movements of the user.

Mimi Switch is a creation of Kazuhiro Taniguchi, who is a chief researcher at Osaka University’s Graduate School of Engineering Science in western Japan. The inventor is now planning to patent his invention and seek corporate support to release it in the market. So, soon you will see it stores.

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