Steve Mann; Research: WearComp-related papers
If you're in the MIT area, you might also want to look at
Steve Mann's ShootingBack exhibit in the
List Visual Arts Center (LVAC), located on the first floor of building E15,
which also houses the Media Lab, located at 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA.
There, on display, are some embodiments of his "WearComp"/"WearCam" invention
selected from the 100 or so units he's built over the last 20 years. The
few units that were selected for the show are those
that are most relevant to issues of surveillance
in society (re-situating the video camera in a disturbing and disorienting
fashion in order to challenge our pre-conceived notion of surveillance in
society). WearComp empowers the individual
who would be otherwise vanquished in the face of large
- Mathematical theory behind personal imaging is in
main research papers page
(not included again on this WWW page).
`WearComp' as a new framework and
application for intelligent signal processing.
Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 86, No. 11,
November, 1998, 29 pages (30 including cover;
cover picture of issue depicts an early
embodiment of Mann's WearComp invention)
WearComp: A first step toward "Personal Imaging"
IEEE Computer, Vol. 30, No. 3, Feb. 1997
- Empowerment: Fundamental Issues in
Wearable Computing (Prof. Mann's ICWC-98 Keynote Address)
Definition of Wearable Computing (What is Wearable Computing?)
- The Visual Memory Prosthetic (WearCam as a wearable
face--recognizer, and other applications for the disabled)
A hobbyist's guide on how to build a version of the WearComp apparatus.
(You may also want to see the feature article from
the January issue of CQ-VHF, below,
for more on amateur radio and getting connected to the Internet
How to build a version of the WearComp for under $400
if you already have a laptop computer.
BlindVision... wearable radar with vibrotactile output, etc.
ISEA 97, Chicago, 1997
- The chirplet transform
(a generalization of the wavelet transform),
developed for personal imaging applications such as
wearable radar (e.g. the Blind Vision project, etc.).
CHI-97, Atlanta, 1997
WearComp/WearCam, etc. journal=Personal Technologies,
Vol.1 No.1, March 1997
An historical account of the WearComp project.
(This paper may also be
viewed as one single html file,
or a PostScript version may be downloaded).
WearComp mission statement (published in CACM; Vol.39,8; August 1996)
Wearable Wireless Webcam and the personal visual assistant.
Wearable, Tetherless, Computer-Mediated Reality
(with possible future applications to the disabled)
Feb. 2, 1996 (adapted to paper i
presented at AAAI, Nov. 1996)
Smart clothing: Turning the tables
(how wearable technologies can protect our
privacy and freedom as the world around us
becomes "smarter" and more intrusive)
ACM Multimedia 96, Boston, MA, 1996
You can also
download a PostScript version of this paper
Picture of Steve, wearing various embodiments of
his "wearcomp" invention (WARNING: BIG FILE, TAKES A WHILE TO LOAD
- Other pictures of various embodiments
of the WearComp invention as it has evolved over the years
WearStation: A wearable amateur radio station
(published as the feature article of CQ-VHF, January 1997)
- On the bandwagon, a sober look
at the recent wearable computing hype.
More on art (invited plenary lecture at Ars Electronica, along
with a week long performance piece there called "Sicherheitsglaeser"):
A light overview in the popular press (e.g. how
the "WearComp" project was brought to MIT in 1991, etc..).
if that file is too big, a smaller one is also available:
- Satire of
the cyborg (CAST 2001)
- Satire of
software licenses (in the context of wearable devices, etc.)
Retrospective exhibit of various embodiments of the
WearComp/WearCam inventions from over the last 20 years,
with an emphasis on embodiments selected to question the
role of surveillance in society:
Ontario Centres of Excellence show (depicting evolution of
Mann's WearComp invention over the last 20 years)
to appear, Ontario Science Centre, Feb. 28 to Mar 9.
Special thanks to Ted Kawana and Bruce of the Ontario Science Centre
for help in the set design, to Engineering Week,
in particular, Judy Saurette,
for funding the purchase of the
mannequins for the exhibit, and hosting it as part of Engineering Week.
Thanks also to the Ontario Centres of Excellence,
in particular, Sharon Airhart, as well as Grey Interactive,
http://grey.net, in particular
Dougal Bichan, for coordinating this effort.
Prof. Steve Mann
University of Toronto
Department of Electrical Engineering, Room S.F. 2001,
10 King's College Road; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; M5S 3G4
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