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Japanese company testing wearable ear computer

Japan’s Hiroshima University lecturer Kazuhiro Taniguchi shows the “Earclip-type Wearable PC” in Tokyo, Japan on Feb. 20.

Photo: AFP

Japanese company is taking it to a whole new level with an ear computer.

It is a small clip that fits in the ear and allows the wearer to access apps such as a GPS or compass just like a smartwatch.

But what makes this ear clip so special is how it’s controlled. There are no buttons or touchscreens — that’s because it’s operated using facial expressions.

The clip, created by the company NS West, connects to an iPod or smartphone and allows the user to control and command it by using facial movements such as raising an eyebrow or clenching teeth.

It’s equipped with a gyro sensor, a heart-rate monitor and a thermometer to keep an eye — or ear — on your health, hands-free.

Its engineer, Kazuhiro Taniguchi, refers to the device as a “third hand” that he hopes will be useful for drivers, rock climbers, even hospital staff.

The clip can be discreetly tucked behind the ear — unlike similar but more obvious wearable tech such as Google Glass.

(Liberty Times)




夾子是由NS West公司開發,可連接iPod或智慧型手機,讓使用者藉由揚眉或咬牙等臉部動作來控制、指揮。






1. compass n.

指南針;羅盤 (zhi3 nan2 zhen1; luo2 pan2)

例: The compass is one of the oldest instruments for navigation and surveying.


2. clench v.

咬緊;握緊 (yao2 jin3; wo4 jin3)

例: The man suddenly clenched my arm.


3. discreetly adv.

深思熟慮地;慎重地 (shen1 ce1 shou2 lu4 de5; shen4 zhong4 de5)

例: He kept discreetly in the background.


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