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JINS MEME is a wearable that “lets you see yourself”

JINS MEME is a wearable that “lets you see yourself”
Wearable technology is here to stay, even though it is a segment that has yet to really catch on in the mainstream. For some items, it is about cost, functionality, and durability, like the smartwatches that are working their way into the main stream.

Then for others, it is about appearance, like Google Glass. That is not to say Glass will not be successful, it has been embraced by the developer community, and Google pretty much sold out when it made Glass available for sale to anyone on April 15th.

However, and this will come as no surprise to anyone, Glass looks weird. Form definitely followed function by a distance when it came to designing Glass. That is not a bad thing, early adopters will be like those who bought the first Toyota Prius hybrid automobiles, making a statement and showing it off to anyone and everyone who will notice.

In Japan, engineers are taking a different approach to wearables. Already, one project out of the Hiroshima City University takes on the idea through an unobtrusive ear-piece. Now a group of smart men are looking at eye-wear a different way.

Instead of using eyewear to be a means to augment reality, or instead of having a smartwatch that may provide only a glancing observation of heartbeat and walking distance, JINS MEME glasses measures your condition by reading you instead.

By reading eye movement, JINS MEME can measure mental and physical tiredness. The glasses are synced with your smartphone, and thus can send you an alert when you reach a certain point. If you are becoming sleepy, JINS MEME will tell you. It can also measure your physical condition in real time, giving you a live broadcast of your calorie burn, speed (of walking or jogging), and posture.

The app, which JIN CO, LTD expects will be available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, will give you a summary of activity, and presenting the most visible condition on top. There will be three styles of glasses available initially, and prescription lenses will be supported.

JIN CO just announced the JINS MEME, and there is an SDK available, so developers can work with apps that might benefit from blinking action commands, shifts in vision, or data from the triple-axis gyro. You can go the source link to sign up for product updates.

sources: JINS MEME via Japan Trends

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posted on 13 May 2014, 21:48 1

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Because Glassholes are so insensitive to everyone, including themselves, they can't even tell when they are tired without help from their Glass.

posted on 13 May 2014, 22:46 1

2. magnanimus (Posts: 562; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

I don't really see the use in this. All it does is tell you your current state (which I think shouldn't be a problem for any healthy human being) and your heart rate which can be done using the smartphone's camera, accessory or Galaxy S5.

Unless It doesn't use batteries, this doesn't come across as potentially useful.

posted on 14 May 2014, 14:16

6. MaxPRafferty (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

Yeah i really can't think of a single use for such a thing - i can't imagine that the heartrate monitor is even very accurate given that its only touching you on the bridge of your nose and the back of your ears.

Based on their features page it really seems like the only thing this does is tell if you are tired...which is not useful information

posted on 13 May 2014, 23:43 3

3. schinnak (Posts: 102; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

so i need a glass to tell me I am tried? what next? a glass to tell me I am wearing a glass?

posted on 14 May 2014, 01:19 1

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

You may be right... the people who think Google Glass is great aren't known to be very bright.

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:30 1

5. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

"Too drunk to drive" would be a good thing to sync with a car.

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