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Face Recognition for the Blind

Principal researcher

Name: Daniel Hedin

Contact details: Advanced Medical Electronics Corporation, Engineering AME, 6901 East Fish Lake Road, Suite #190, Maple Grove, MN  55369, United States of America.
Tel: +1 763 463 4814; Fax: +1 763 463 4817
Email: dhedin@ame-corp.com

Website: www.ame-corp.com

Project details

Start date: 01/10/2007
End date: 01/03/2008

Description: This project creates a device which performs optimal face recognition in a miniature, unobtrusive device. The device is built around a common aperture imaging assembly that combines a miniature thermal imaging camera with a conventional visible light camera. The combined use of thermal and visible light imaging greatly improves face recognition accuracy and efficiency in m any scenarios. For example, it enhances the process of locating faces in a crowd and allows sophisticated face recognition algorithms in a low-cost, portable device. The device, worn by a person with visual impairment, can identify the faces of co-workers from a database and then discretely announce the names of those present. Phase I evaluates the feasibility of the optical design with existing face recognition algorithms.

Other organisations involved in this project

Last updated: 12/03/2010