Inventrepreneurship in the SMARTWORLD

DEG (Digital Eye Glass) combines Nature with Technology.
FITC Wearables Keynote Address, 2014 Nov. 13
Research Team and Steve Mann, Inventrepreneurship Institute

Arjun Subramanian, Steve Mann, Tobias Chen, Adnan Ali, Malcolm Smith, Nima Yasrebi, Ryan Janzen, Nitin Guleria
Wearable Computing...

AR Vision: WearCam + WearComp + WearDisp

Crazy idea... 35 years ago...
Now a $241 billion industry!...
WearCam™ Vision-based AR

Augmediated Reality comprises 3 elements:

  • Wearable Camera ("WearCam"), connected to a
  • Wearable Computer ("WearComp"), connected to a
  • Wearable Display ("WearDisp").
Nicholas Negroponte, Director of MIT Media Lab:

Early 1990s TV broadcast; Founding of MIT Wearable Computing Project
Wearable Computing with Wearable Cameras
Crazy idea... 35 years ago;

"Steve Mann is the perfect example of someone deemed to be on the lunatic fringe, but who persisted in his vision and ended up founding a new discipline."

--Nicholas Negroponte, Bangor Daily News - Sep 26, 1997.
--Nicholas Negroponte, Toroto Star, 2001 Jul. 8, 02:32 EDT, Page D3, `Wearable computer' pioneer Steve Mann keeps one eye locked on the future, by Eric Shinn

Now a $241 billion industry!...
Invention of Digital Glass, Mann 1978
35 years of Digital Eye Glass

MannGlass 1978 and GOOGlass 2013
Both of these are Generation-1 DEG
MannGlass 1998 (15 years ago):
Nature (human) and Technology (computer) combined!

Thin strip of metal wraps around the head;
No hinges: 1-piece construction.
Gen-4 Glass (Laser EyeTap)
Sleek slender metal frame, in one continuous piece
45-degree glass
Fiber optics
Not foldable
Completed 1998
IEEE Computer
IEEE Computer, Vol. 30, No. 2, February 1997
IEEE Computer, Vol. 30, No. 2, February 1997
IEEE Computer, Vol. 30, No. 2, February 1997
IEEE Computer, Vol. 30, No. 2, February 1997
IEEE Computer, Vol. 30, No. 2, February 1997
IEEE Computer, Vol. 30, No. 2, February 1997
Introduced "SixthSense", i.e. Gesture-based wearable computing + AR (fingertracker with colored tape on index finger)

Implantable camera system

Canadian Patent 2313693, filed 2000, July 19 by S. Mann
Implantable camera system:
Vision system for the blind
and partially sighted.

50 Best Inventions of 2009 - TIME Magazine

Neckworn camera with fisheye lens and sensors:

Gesture recognition, autogesture, augmediated reality
Priveillance™: Privacy and Veillance (Sur AND Sousveillance)

Surveillance is the veillance of hypocrisy.

Sousveillance (the opposite of surveillance) is the veillance of ???

The opposite of hypocrisy is integrity.
[Lucaites, Condit, and Caudill, 1999, p92]
In this sense, surveillance often lacks integrity, and this lack of integrity invites corruption.

Centralized data storage leads to corruption; Compare with Yatim

First wearable computer: Sensor-based lightpainting 30 years ago

Patented photographic lighting system

Abakographic Image Processing:

ἄβακoς abakos, ἄβαξ ʾābāq, אבק
אבקוגרפי Abakogrpahy
אבקוגרפיה Avakographia
אבקאורגרפי Avakorgraphy

Pעpe™Information Conduits

Abakography אבקוגרפי

Pעpe™Information Conduits

Pעpes™ you can walk in: Wayfinding+Gaming

Spacetime continuum

Abakographic Principle invented by S. Mann

Modular photographic lighting, artistic lighting, and data visualization system.

Abakographic visualization of radio waves (standing waves, RADAR)

Conclusions: In(ter)vention and Business

Businesses, non-profit ventures, and future collaboration:

  • Meta Spaceglass:
  • InteraXon Muse:
  • Abakographic User Interfaces
  • nLux (Rotman CDL)
  • MannFit System (Integral Kinesiology)
  • Humanistic Intelligent Research Institute
  • VEILLANCentre
  • ECE516
  • EA302 lab visit