USC Professor Makes App For Google

10:33 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Imagine you are at a sporting event and you need tickets to the game. 

Just slip on a pair of glasses that singles out everyone who is selling tickets.

Professors at the University of South Carolina are working to make that a reality with Google Glasses and an app for your smart phone.

"How do we take phones, something that is inseparable from humans, how can I take advantage of that," said USC Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Srihari Nelakuditi.

Nelakuditi is working with professors at Duke University on an app called Insights. The app will be able to recognize people without using face recognition.

"Imagine that I can create a fingerprint and attach a message with that fingerprint."

The professors received a grant from Google and are now working to make the app compatible with Google Glasses. They are working to will allow you to send texts, tweets and other forms of communication to others with the application.

"When you are wearing Google glasses and you look at my, your google classes can match what it sees with the fingerprint that I shared with you and if it's a match it can display that message on the glasses."

The app can also be used with the camera on your smart phone. Nelakuditi believes that the app could even be helpful when looking for a job.

"In a job fair I can share this kind of visual fingerprint and say these are my skills. When I look around a see a match then they can really physically start to communicate."

Right now they are focusing on the recognition phase. Next will be getting the glasses to recognize the messages and become user friendly.
Nelakuditi says it's going to be like wearing a virtual name tag.

"When they see through Google glasses they identify me even though I am not wearing any kind of physical badge from any angle."

The Google glasses will be available by the end of this year and will come with a price tag of $1,500.





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