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Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP

Application scenarios for interactive OLED data-eyeglasses

The interactive data-eyeglasses will be presented at the AWE 2013 - future application scenarios will be developed by the interdisciplinary project FAIR

Fraunhofer COMEDD will present the interactive OLED data eyeglasses at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara. The possibility to control data with one’s eyes and without using hands or speech fascinates a broad number of potential users. The developers of the eyeglasses received already a wide range of requests from different areas of life and work. In collaboration with partners from various disciplines such as medicine, psychology and industry, Fraunhofer COMEDD currently aims to transfer this revolutionary technology into applicable products. The aim is to develop customer- and application-specific OLED microdisplays with suitable colors, appropriate resolution of the display and camera function within the microchip. But only a chip makes not yet the eyeglasses. Various components need to be developed before the whole product will be accomplished. The interdisciplinary project FAIR is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It is dedicated specifically to the support of physical functions by using “hand-free applications in augmented reality“ (FAIR).

Within this joint-project demonstrators for innovative human-machine-interactions will be developed. A display – similar to eyeglasses – represents the visionary interface. The control and interaction with the display will be achieved via eye movements. Thus the displayed elements can be seen but provide at the same time the possibility for interaction. This enables the user to start different computer-controlled actions via eye movements. The first steps within FAIR will focus on three special application scenarios: assistance and interaction systems for persons with disabilities, innovative human-machine-interfaces in the field of entertainment as well as information- and augmented-reality-interfaces in industrial maintenance scenarios.

The partners in FAIR are working together on the development of hardware and software as well as on the planned applications in order to achieve the ambitious goals. FAIR is coordinated by the SME Interactive Minds Dresden GmbH. The coordinator is furthermore responsible for programming the interfaces and the application software. Fraunhofer COMEDD develops the hardware and software of the basic display- and eye tracking functions. The SME Trivisio Prototyping GmbH is taking care for the structure and assembly as well as the optimization of the OLED data eyeglasses. The chair for Engineering Psychology and Applied Cognitive Research at the TU Dresden evaluates and optimizes the gaze-based human-machine-interface. Furthermore the Division for Neurodegenerative Diseases of the TU Dresden is investigating assistance scenarios for patients, suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The SME Mecotec is preparing and evaluating applications of the data eyeglasses for maintenance technology in the field of pressure sensors.

Dr. Rigo Herold, system designer at Fraunhofer COMEDD, is delighted about the project funding: “After we successfully developed the basic system of the interactive OLED data eyeglasses now we are in the position to demonstrate the flexible use of the system in different fields of applications.“

The project partners thank the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for the funding of the project (FKZ: 16SV5842).

For the development of OLED data eyeglasses Fraunhofer COMEDD is offering so-called evaluation kits, which can be tested live at the Augmented World Expo 2013.

About Interactive Minds:

The joint project FAIR is coordinated by the company Interactive Minds Dresden GmbH (IMD). IMD is a research-oriented and innovative spin-off company, which was founded from the branch for eye tracking research at Dresden University of Technology in 2004. Today it is one of the worldwide leading providers of remote eye tracking solutions. The company has more than 12 years of experience in the field of programming of eye trackers and the planning and implementation of eye tracking-studies as well as the evaluation of gaze movement data. The implemented hard- and software for the measurement of gaze movement is developed by teams from the USA and Germany.

About Trivisio:

Trivisio Prototyping GmbH is located in Trier and is offering know-how about latest technologies for the combination of electronics, optics and mechanics in novel applications. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of head-mounted display (HMD) technology for near-the-eye (NTE) applications and tracking components Trivisio grew up to the European market leading position in the meantime. Therefore Trivisio is developing, constructing and producing different prototypes and small series for mobile optoelectronic applications like e.g. augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) in industrial applications, for persons with visual disabilities and for medical technology. The R&D activities of Trivisio are reaching from the fields of ergonomic human-machine-interfaces - especially optics for displays – up to electronic circuits for video, tracking and sensorics. The offered range of products and developments covers head-mounted displays and inertial motion sensors. Thus Trivisio is one of the rare providers for optical see-through HMDs and nearly all HMDs of them are available in monoscopic, binocular and stereoscopic versions. Trivisio also successfully developed HMD-hardware for various EU-projects.

About the chair for Engineering Psychology and Applied Cognitive Research at the der TU Dresden:

The chair for Engineering Psychology and Applied Cognitive Research of the department of psychology at the TU Dresden has long-standing experience with basic as well as applied research in the field of human perception, attention and cognition. The domains of expertise are recording and analysis of eye movements during the exploration of the visual environment as well as developing approaches for attention centered design in human-computer interaction. In collaboration with national and international partners the researches work on the development and optimization of interfaces for gaze-based computer interaction (e.g. EU-Network-of-Excellence COGAIN, BMBF project ZOOM).

About Division for Neurodegenerative Diseases of the TU Dresden:

The Division for Neurodegenerative Diseases within the Department of Neurology i.a. has substantial experiences with patients suffering from neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases. The special consultation office for motor neuron diseases is treating and taking care for nearly 100 patients from allover eastern Saxony. One focus of the special consultation office lies on the health care of patients with an advanced stage of ALS and here i.a. a gaze movement computer is used for communication and controlling of the environment. Perspectively the telemedical care of those patients with the help of such gaze controlling systems is planned.

About Mecotec:

MECOTEC GmbH, located in Hattingen, is existing for more than 18 years now. As a specialist for the development and distribution of mobile calibrators and control systems for pressure it is one of the leading providers as well. Precision-, pressure- and temperature measuring transducers with BUS interfaces are a part of the broad delivery program as well as components for the aviation industry. This implies high quality standards and complete quality assurance. MECOTEC offers trend-setting standards until individual solution – optimal aligned for the customer-specific requirements. In an own calibration laboratory high precise primary- and transfer standards are available, which are constantly traceable to national standards.

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