Ear clip PC

03/03/2014

Engineers in Japan have created a tiny wearable PC that can be controlled by the way you move your eyes, mouth and nose.

The device, currently called Earclip-type Wearable PC, has a microchip and data storage and is being developed by engineers at Hiroshima City University in Japan. It weighs 17g, clips on to the user’s ear and uses infrared sensors that monitor the tiny movements inside the ear that differ depending on how the eyes and mouth move.

The device can connect to an iPod or similar device as it uses Bluetooth and will be useful to someone who can’t use their hands or perhaps rock climbing or otherwise has their hands full.

Another use could be to detect a sudden fall as the device also includes an accelerometer. This could be of use for climbers again or perhaps the elderly. It could also be used to monitor the person’s pulse, temperature and many other things including location.

It is hoped that the device will be on the market by the end of 2015.

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