Japanese scientists unveil head-mounted video conferencing device

Thursday, July 29 2010

Scientists at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan, have announced the creation of a head-mounted mobile video communication system.

The contraption is worn over the forehead and eyes, not unlike a pair of sunglasses. It sports acceleration and position sensors that allow the camera to move in relation to the positioning of the wearer's head.

The device was unveiled at Wireless Japan 2010, a conference of developments in wireless technology.

"We think that a weakness of ordinary videophones is, they don't let people make eye contact. That's a big defect in terms of effective communication. We've created something that overcomes that defect," said Satoshi Nariai of the University's Nakajima Laboratory.

The technology could be a major boon for video conferencing, as it would allow mobile conferences, in addition to letting users make eye contract. One drawback, however, is that in a room full of people wearing the device, nobody can see each other's eyes.

The University of Electro-Communications is a national university of Japan, located in the Tokyo suburb of Chofu. It houses approximately 3800 undergraduates, as well as 1500 graduate students studying electronic communications and information technology.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19913633-ADNFCR