Mann has been working on his WearComp invention for more than 20 years
dating back to his high school days in the 1970s. He brought his
inventions and ideas to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in
1991, and is considered to have brought the seed that later become the
MIT Wearable Computing Project. He also built the world's first covert
fully functional WearComp with display and camera concealed in ordinary
eyeglasses in 1995, for the creation of his award winning documentary
received his PhD degree from MIT in 1997 in the new field he had
initiated. He is also inventor of the chirplet transform, a new
mathematical framework for signal processing.
was both the founder and the Publications Chair of the first IEEE
International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC97).
He also chaired the first Special Issue on Wearable Computing in
Personal Technologies Journal, and has given numerous Keynote Addresses
on the subject, including the Keynote at the first International
Conference on Wearable Computing , the Keynote at the Virtual Reality
conference, and the Keynote at the McLuhan Conference on Culture and
Technology, on the subject of Privacy issues and Wearable Computers.
|The ThoughtCam project uses biofeedback technology provided by Thought Technology Inc. to create a greater synergy between the user and the EyeTap wearable computer system. The fact that the WearComp / EyeTap apparatus is worn underneath clothing facilitates direct contact with the body, and thus encourages futher new forms of intelligent signal processing.|
Humanistic Intelligence (HI) is a signal processing framework in which the processing apparatus (such as a computer) is inextricably intertwined with the natural capabilities of our human body and mind, working in synergy with the human user rather than as a separate entity.
of trying to emulate human intelligence (as is the case in Artificial
Intelligence), HI recognizes that the human brain is itself an excellent
but often overlooked processor, and hence suggests a new goal for
signal processing hardware: to assist and empower, rather than replace
or emulate, human intelligence.
The emphasis of Professor Steve Mann's research is on personal imaging applications of HI, such as effortlessly capturing our day-to-day experiences, helping us remember and see better, providing us with personal safety through crime reduction, and facilitating new forms of communication through collective connected humanistic intelligence. Thus it may be worn continuously during all facets of ordinary day-to-day living, so that, through long-term adaptation, it begins to function as a true extension of the mind and body.
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