Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sleepy at the wheel wearing Google Glass? Now there's an app for that

A new app is available to keep people nodding off while driving, if they?re wearing Google?s Glasses while it happens.

New software for Google?s Glass headmounted computer system was recently made available, called DriveSafe, as a way to keep drivers alert and direct them to a place to rest if they get sleepy.

In characteristic Google fashion, the software can be enabled by saying, ?OK Glass, keep me awake.? From then on, the software makes use of two sensors in Glass to deliver visual and auditory notifications, if it senses that the driver is beginning to fall asleep.

The software uses an infrared light sensor and a tilt/angle sensor in Glass, said Jake Steinerman, one of the app?s lead developers. The IR sensor can detect winks and blinks, and the tilt sensor can measure how a user?s head is oriented, he said. Both of those metrics were used for Steinerman?s team to develop a formula that could determine if someone is falling asleep, he said.

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Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2087280/sleepy-at-the-wheel-wearing-google-glass-now-theres-an-app-for-that.html#tk.rss_all


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