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High-Tech Glasses Help Improve Memory

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the unless-you-forget-where-they-are dept.

Biotech 272

unassimilatible writes "MIT will reportedly announce new high-tech glasses which they claim will improve memory by up to 50%. The spectacles are implanted with a CPU that sends messages in the form of light to a mini TV screen on the glasses. The messages - like someone's name, or a word like keys or medicine - flash before your eyes at 180th of a second. Pardon me, but I'll wait for the reviews, since I am still smarting from buying those X-ray glasses in the back of magazines." These "memory glasses" were also discussed at the recent International Symposium on Wearable Computers.

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So what happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7316985)

When you overclock the CPU? Do you remember even more?

Let me be the first to say... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317251)

That I hate niggers.

And Mexicans too.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317291)

I have a sneaking suspicion that you may be a bit of a racist.

are tehy memory enhancers or....... (-1, Troll)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#7316990)

Brainwashing machines!!!!

anything that can be used to increase memory can be used to brainwash you.

Is that so? Well, FUCK YOU. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317000)

Re:are tehy memory enhancers or....... (1, Funny)

synthox (229949) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317008)

I can see it now

Microsoft is your friend..... We make good products.....Destroy all penguins on sight and become one with the collective

Re:are tehy memory enhancers or....... (1, Funny)

Maxhrk (680390) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317084)

Resistance... is... fulite!

Re:are tehy memory enhancers or....... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317157)

not if you are species 8472.

FOR THE LOVE OF PETE - KILL THIS THREAD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317236)

don't say i didn't warn you.

Theres....No....brainwashing...... (1)

stfvon007 (632997) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317273)

*monotone* Brainwashing... Thats... rediculous.... Now if you dont mind i have to go donate my life savings to the people that invented the memory glasses and fight to make them the overloards of earth....... */monotone*

i love jews (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7316997)

but i hate sand-niggers

Re:i love jews (-1, Offtopic)

super_ogg (620337) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317007)

haha, You've got issues.
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Re:i love jews (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317178)

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Danger X-Ray! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317002)

Pardon me, but I'll wait for the reviews, since I am still smarting from buying those X-ray glasses in the back of magazines."

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I see great use for these (2, Insightful)

Hi_2k (567317) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317003)

Why stop at flashing names for a second? If we can get these advanced enough, they may well be able to serve as a monitor for a PDA, Gameboy, or wearable PC. I'd love to surf the web with my sunglasses while sitting in class.

Re:I see great use for these (1, Funny)

djward (251728) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317077)

Sitting in class... taking a test in class...

Also, would a beowulf cluster of these be useful to arthropods with multifaceted eyes?

I was going to make another karma-whoring joke, but I can't remember the name of that actress, with the hot grits and all... better find my glasses...

Re:I see great use for these (2)

mark-t (151149) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317263)

Sitting in class... taking a test in class...
It's called "cheating"... and the consequences of getting caught *FAR* outweigh the risks involved.

At least for people who have had to pay for their own education... spoiled rich kids that get stuff handed to them might not actually have that much of a clue yet.

Re:I see great use for these (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317303)

It was a joke!

Re:I see great use for these (1)

Hacksaw (3678) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317135)

You are missing the point. It's a display, it can already do those things. The important part is that it is particularly useful for the purpose of augmenting your memory without having the augmentation be a big part of the interaction, such as having to look up notes on a PDA or ask a person in the room what something is, and having to explain that you have amnesia.

It allows the wearer to appear to be be more normal, in much the same way hearing aids do.

Was on nova months ago (4, Informative)

ArsonPanda (647069) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317004)

Really facinating shtuff. The HUD was wired to a wearble pc setup, so it could display other things, but whenever you looked at someone wearing a namebadge with an IR transmitter (sorry, no facial recog), it would flash their info on your screen, too fast to consiously notice it, but enough to subconciously trigger recall.

People IDing (5, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317156)

Another reason to implant RFID tags in people.

Killer app: once RFID tags are in garments in stores, this could indicate all the ones that would fit you. Shoppers at sales would love this.

Re:People IDing (2, Funny)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317221)

Killer app: once RFID tags are in garments in stores, this could indicate all the ones that would fit you. Shoppers at sales would love this

Not only would the shoppers love it but everybody else who has to see your pant size is about 5 too small.

180th of second too fast? (1)

Moblaster (521614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317006)

I was under the impression that the brain took a minimum of 1/60th of a second to register information from the visual cortex.

This sounds like the old, failed experiments in flash-subliminal programming.

Re:180th of second too fast? (1)

RClayton (719226) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317038)

I agree. Furthermore, does flashing something past your eyeballs really help you remember? It seems to me that the only thing these glasses would give you is a constant sense of deja-vous.

"Failed Subliminal Programming" (5, Informative)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317068)

Er, well, no.

"Flash Subliminal Programming", as you call it, isn't a completely failed research area - assuming you're talking about subliminal priming. Priming is the term used to refer to an experience or procedure that brings a particular concept to mind (see Kunda, 1999, Social Cognition).

There have been many studies which demonstrate the effects of subliminal priming - in a particularly nice one, subjects were shown either 0, 20, or 80% "hostile" prime words - each for 50 ms - followed by a line of Xs to mask the prime. A control group identified less than 1% of the words. Yet, when asked to rate the behavior of a character in a story, people who saw more Hostile Primes rated the actions as more hostile or aggressive (Bargh and Pietromonaco, 1982).

Mere Exposure experiments have been done (Bornstein and D'Agostino) with durations as little as 5 ms. Mere exposure is another interesting phenom - that familiarity breeds liking (see Bornstein 1989 or Zajonc 1968 for reviews).

I just thought I'd babble for a few. :)

Re:"Failed Subliminal Programming" (0, Troll)

jackb_guppy (204733) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317144)

So how soon before Coke buy Ad space, as in the 50's movie theaters?

No, I do not hear voices, but the flashing words say buy...buy...buy...

Re:180th of second too fast? (1)

mcpkaaos (449561) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317254)

...failed experiments in flash-subliminal programming.


How could you tell?

Subliminal messaging viruses (5, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317010)

Imagine hacking someones glasses to say "Kill your boss....kill your boss" Or, Kill yourself". Of course, you could have it the other way to say positive things that would help you out Psychologically .

Re:Subliminal messaging viruses (5, Funny)

r_glen (679664) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317055)

"Of course, you could have it the other way to say positive things that would help you out Psychologically"

Such as... "Kill your boss"?

Re:Subliminal messaging viruses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317104)

lol

mod up!! funny

Re:Subliminal messaging viruses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317093)

" Imagine hacking someones glasses to say "Kill your boss....kill your boss" Or, Kill yourself"."

I imagined it. Not too exciting.

Now, I can remember the phrase "Kill your boss" 50% better than if I had simply been told it. Shocking.

Re:Subliminal messaging viruses (2, Interesting)

ErikTheRed (162431) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317133)

Wasn't there something in one of Neil Stephenson's books about a guy who's nervous system implants got hacked and he continuously saw advertisments in his peripheral vision until it drove him to suicide?

Re:Subliminal messaging viruses (2, Interesting)

RevRigel (90335) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317174)

Yes, in Diamond Age. The ads were for a Hindustani hotel.

Re:Subliminal messaging viruses (1)

cultobill (72845) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317190)

The Diamond Age. It's just a passing reference, though, nothing too involved.

more bad subliminal messages (1)

kaan (88626) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317244)

even worse than "kill your boss", what about a hacker sending you these terrible messages:

"Microsoft is good"
"Bill is your friend and he loves you (really)"
"Linux is no longer cool"
"You need Office 2003 NOW"
"All your glasses are belong to us"

Hmmmm.... (0, Redundant)

Durin_Deathless (668544) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317012)

Are the words random, tailored to the user, or to the topic at hand? If the last, do I need special glasses for reading the newspaper and for reading a book?

Also, wouldn't 1/80th of a second make more sense?

Reminders (1, Redundant)

r_glen (679664) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317014)

"...like someone's name, or a word like keys or medicine"

But what if grandpa forgets to put on his glasses?

Re:Reminders (1)

rootofevil (188401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317028)

then, little timmy, he picks up a knife and stabs your eyeballs out.

please help grandpa remember to wear his glasses!

What about other uses? (1, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317016)

Humorous hack: have it flash an image of a penis. If Fight Club has taught us anything (other then how to make soap), it has certainly taught us the benefits of subliminal images.

Re:What about other uses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317057)

Humorous hack: have it flash an image of a penis. If Fight Club has taught us anything (other then how to make soap), it has certainly taught us the benefits of subliminal images.

chairboy, how does flashing a penis on the screen benefit you? no matter what your sexual orientation, you're a freak!

I really hope they perfect this technology ... (1)

Dan Connor (719249) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317017)

I really hope they perfect this technology for when my time comes..., hopefully 40-50 years from now... LOL My parents could use this today.

How long until... (1)

ASayre8 (612723) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317030)

How long until somone "hacks" them to just have the glasses display something continuously, or change what is displays? Imagine the both Good and bad possibilities of this. A dictionary or book right before your eyes, but, Imagine the cheating implications of thiis. what if someone sets the glasses to display a "cheat sheet" during a test?

Re:How long until... (2, Insightful)

Lord_Slepnir (585350) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317043)

Or what if it becomes possible to 'spam' the glasses with either coke / pepsi advertising, or even worse. Can you imaging if suddenly you started getting ads for Herbal Viagra before you eyes?

snl reference... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317031)

Perhaps you'll come up to my place for drinks *blink* hot sex *blink*...

Made by MicroOptical (3, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317033)

and like everything made by MicroOptical they're "not on the market yet". Vapour.

I Can See it Now... (1)

Wes Janson (606363) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317034)

"I swear, someone must've hacked my glasses and told my memory to refer to all uniformed people as 'doughnut-eating wankers'! It isn't my fault, I swear!!"

"In related news, two-thirds of Congress refused to comment on allegations of wearing memeyes that contained pro-corporate propaganda. Investigators have been hampered by the sheer amount of memspam associated with a search of memories stored on the glasses."

"..and with the introduction of memory-display eyewear in the late zeroes, intra-party political diversity essentially disappeared as aberrant views were replaced with Republicant, Democrat, or Green Party-mandated memory files. This in turn led to the long-forseen first digital war, and devastating numerous Pacific Rim economies such as.."

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Subliminal issues and timing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317045)

"Dammit, we're out of toilet paper.."
*KEYS, KEYS, KEYS, KEYS*
"yeeoowwwww!!!"

Hmm.. (1, Funny)

NegativeK (547688) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317050)

Subliminal porn.. It's gotta happen sooner or later..

Hey, I'm not actually typing this, am I? Wait.. The cursor is moving to the submit button! Nooo, sto

Re:Hmm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317054)

That's what you get for leaving your VNC server on without a password.

Sucker!

Why so fast? (1)

stephens_domain (679473) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317051)

I realize that the point of this is memory enhancement not mobile computing, but I would prefer the information to just be left on screen long enough for me to read it. Use color coding or something so you can ignore what is on screen unless it is the topic you are presently concerned with.

subliminal glasses (5, Funny)

Toasty16 (586358) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317053)

"The messages -- like someone's name, or a word like keys or medicine -- flash before your eyes at 180th of a second. It's too fast for the eyes to notice, but not the brain."

Drat, i cant find a good link about about these glasses, i saw them before at skool and they help you remember what people said!

Subliminal Messaging (1)

LoneIguana (681297) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317060)

This seems like the subliminal messages that they used to stick into movies. I wouldn't be suprised if companies start trying to stick their advertising in them.

testing (2, Interesting)

glenn1you0 (685156) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317074)

Could you use these while taking a test - claiming that they don't so much give you the answer like a cheat sheet, rather, subliminal cues that help your recall like a mnemonic device might? Yeah, right. ;-)

just wait.. (1)

kidlinux (2550) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317079)

Just wait until these hit the non-medical market. Then imagine advertising - browsing the web on portable devices for example.

I think you can see where this will go.

At least the pop-ups will only last 180th of a second ;)

actually .. (1)

Simple-Simmian (710342) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317082)

This is not new it was how I was trained to read whole words and read and it's been around for ages. Wearing a pair of "special" glases is new however. Cool too.

They Live (1)

jeeves1914 (689028) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317085)

How longe before these become manditory for those under a certain income level, flashing "OBEY, CONSUME, NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT"? Maybe Carpenter was a bit prophetic.

Re:They Live (almost) (1)

attemptedgoalie (634133) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317145)

In the movie, nobody got to wear the glasses. The signal was broadcast to all.

The glasses were designed by the resistance to avoid being told to BUY, SLEEP, etc.

That said, you're right on the money with the concept.

What a great story, and movie.

I guess it was from a short story named "Three O'Clock in the Morning" or something (this is from memory. Damn I wish I had those glasses)

Could this be learned for generalized learning? (2, Interesting)

RevAaron (125240) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317091)

Could this be learned for generalized learning? Could I load "Mathematical Ecology I" into the device controlling the glasses and learn something from it? Perhaps equations? Probably not learn, but memorize, drill?

Basing off of what little I know about the way human being learn, I can't imagine these could be used for learning of a subject not already known, but I bet they could be used for review or memorization. Neato.

Great for large meetings (3, Interesting)

tessaiga (697968) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317100)

Looks like another Media Lab project; you can link to the project homepage here [mit.edu] .

Personally I'd find it great if they could add voice recognition to it. One of my biggest weaknesses is remembering new names, especially when I'm introduced to a whole bunch of people one after the other. (I remember a job interview where I was taken on a tour of the building, and met around 10 people in 15 minutes. Then near the end of the tour, one of those people joined us for the rest of the interview, and I was trying desperately to remember which one he was :) ). Being able to have it dynamically associate people's faces with names and display a prompt would be a huge assist.

Donnie Darko (0, Offtopic)

botmfeedr (590470) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317111)

I'm suprised everyone's quoted or attempted to relate other movies to this topic besides the movie that directly resembles this topic.

Subliminal Messages? (5, Interesting)

Webtommy88 (515386) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317112)

It looks like the text flashed onto the eye quickly is used as a primer to get you thinking about a certain thing and thus a memory aid.

From a Psych 101 example:

Whats a popular laundry detergent? Answer after you have read this list:
- Moon
- Ocean
- Water
- Ebb
- Beach

If you answered Tide detergent, congradulations, you may have been "primed" into answering that. Admitedly Tide has a good market share in the laundry detergent but the priming effect can be demonstrated with other non-local examples. (I belive this works best if you live in Canada)

I was under the impression that flashing text quickly so that your eye doesn't notice it was just another form of subliminal messaging...

I was also under the impression that these types of subliminal messages don't work...

So can anyone sort this out? I must be confused about something.

More than that, if TV's or some permutation of a TV in the future can do this, whats to stop companies from flashing "BUY COKE" every 180th frame.

Re:Subliminal Messages? (4, Insightful)

silentbozo (542534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317151)

Actually, I thought "Bleach". You might want to remove "Beach" as a primer...

Re:Subliminal Messages? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317242)

whats to stop companies from flashing "BUY COKE" every 180th frame.
Well, primarily, I would have to say the fact that TVs don't have frame rates that fast.

NTSC = 29.97fps, 60Hz
PAL = 25fps, 50Hz

Re:Subliminal Messages? (1)

stfvon007 (632997) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317297)

every 180th frame, not for 180th of a second. essentially it would appear for 1 frame every 6 seconds.

Re:Subliminal Messages? (0)

gfody (514448) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317311)

uhh.. whats another popular detergent?

thats like asking whats a popular operating system? answer after reading this list:
- shit
- puke
- warts
- hookers

did you say windows? ha! I primed you

The name is a bit off... (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317136)

They're not really "memory glasses" so much as they are "subliminal message" glasses. That is to say, they pop you a little message that after awhile you eventually log down automatically from your subconscious. This is much the same as ads for soft-drinks etc that were placed in theatres between frames before it became illegal (except in this case it would be opt-in and therefore presumably legal).

My main concern would be whether or not these things might display messages other than the ones intended? What happens if due to certain investors it say "Thirsty? Coke" or something similar? And since the glasses don't have a preset film, how would you know?

Not very useful... (1)

jjh37997 (456473) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317177)

How is this any better than writing a person's name and phone number on your hand? But seriously what are the practical benifits? It's not really helpful in social situations since you would need to program it to display ALL the names of people whose name you forget ALL the time.

Glasses such as these are only useful if they display the information you need WHEN you need it. Add speech and facial recognition to the system and then you'll have a truely useful product.

This article is pure crap !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317191)

As usual journalists got it all wrong ! I actually WAS at ISWC'03 last week and that's not exactly what the presenter (Rich DeVaul) was saying. Hell the glasses improve your memory even if it's not flashing the right name of the person in the test group !
Journalists should READ the actual paper and make sure they UNDERSTAND the presentation before spinning a story the way they want using a few key words !

IMPROVE memory? (2, Insightful)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317196)

Sorry, but I don't think this will improve memory. Subliminal clues may help you when you are wearing the glasses, but I bet that when you don't wear them, you won't be able to remember at all, because you will have learned to rely on them, rather than your memory. They don't assist memory, they replace it.

Advertisers' Wet Dream Come True (4, Interesting)

NOT-2-QUICK (114909) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317201)

Perhaps it is just me, but these seem as though they would be an obvious target for next generation marketing campaigns.

As per the article, they are triggered into action via RF. I am in Tokyo right now and the sheer magnitude of visual input from everything from neon to big screen televisions to giant posters is almost paralyzing at times. I am afraid to even contemplate how this annoyance would be compounded thru the use (and surely abuse) of this type of technology by the marketing drones of the world.

And then, there is always the conspiracy theorist angle. What if subversive powers (governmental or otherwise) tapped into this type of technology to recruit and/or spread propaganda. It would completely redefine everything from armed forces and/or terrorist recruitment all the way up to presidential elections.

Even worse, with the subliminal nature of this tech, you might not even realize at first why purchasing a copy of M$ Office 2003 seems like such a great idea all of a sudden, why you are suddenly craving some KFC only minutes after eating, or why you have completely changed your opinion of Dubya...

Scary shit if you ask me...

- n2q

Faster than a visual cortex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317204)

It's too fast for the eyes to notice, but not the brain.

So if it's too fast for the eye to notice, how is the brain supposed to get your message?

This would be a great way for me to study... just put a few chapters of a textbook into the smart glasses and I don't even realize I'm learning!
I would settle with remembering 50%.

Re: High-Tech Glasses Help Improve Memory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7317281)

Great, but where did I put them last...?

So, if I see... (0, Troll)

glenebob (414078) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317285)

If I see a half-naked woman will the glasses say "sex"? I mean... because... that already happens.

There was an action hero cartoon in Japan.. (1)

annisette (682090) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317300)

That was said to cause convulsions in kids, lots of flashing, colors. Probably primitive to these glasses but there would need ot be a visual(or brain reaction) test to see who can use these. Those prone to seizures might have a problem.

Glasses New Must-Have Accessory (2, Insightful)

Bakajin (323365) | more than 10 years ago | (#7317315)

Since wearable computing and its surrounding technology is almost definately going to mature much faster than something as far off as optical implants that can do the same trick without glasses, I wonder if people will stop using lasers and contacts to fix their eyes because they will want to wear glasses as a utility. In fact people with perfect vision might even start wearing glasses.
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