Optical Software Control, a Real Eyeful


mobility GEWhen I was speaking at the Business Expo in December, I was telling the audience about my experiences with the new smart TV I had bought during the Black Friday sales in the U.S. This TV has both voice and facial recognition capability, and I was joking about how it could be a challenge to swipe pages with your eyes as you do with iPads® and iPhones® (along with some facial expressions of me trying to do it …. you had to be there didn’t you Michael Stramaglio).

I also showed some head movements that I thought would be good for fast forward and rewind, which I said I should patent quickly. So it was interesting today to look at this report from the CES 2014 on eye control of games on a tablet:

Thinking about this and my short exposure to Google Glass at the same event (see my other blog) have me thinking about how long before this capability finds a good use in manufacturing and eventually becomes mainstream.

One of my biggest complaints on Google Glass was the voice recognition challenges on the shop floor (I have applied to be a Google Glass Explorer by the way!) Using eye recognition software would do away with these issues and also remove regional language barriers: Imagine if an event on the machine triggers a task on the tablet of the glass product, eye movements select the corrective action for the task, and the operator never has to touch anything with their hands. Interesting technology with a bright future in my eyes.

I wonder if, in a few years from now, we will have the leading suppliers of this technology in court arguing that the “blink , squint, blink “ was their intellectual property and claiming patent infringement from others. Perhaps I should run and patent my fast forward and rewind after all. :-)

Barry Lynch

Barry, Global Marketing Director – Automation Hardware at GE's Automation & Controls business, passionately believes that connected machines, mobile data analytics and workforce enablement don’t have to be hurdles in business today. He leads the strategic direction of the company’s automation and information systems programs to help customers apply the power of the Industrial Internet to their businesses. By connecting machines, data, insights and people, our technology solutions deliver critical insight for greater operational efficiency, effectiveness and optimization. Learn more about how Barry works at GE on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter at @BarryLynchGE.

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