Wearable analyzes faces, voices, surroundings

Professor Amnon Shashua is the founder of  Mobileye, a revolutionary computer vision approach to driverless cars.  He is also the developer of OrCam, artificial vision technology to assist the visually impaired.  This week he announced Casie, a wearable personal assistant.

The device is meant for the masses, but could also help the disabled. It looks like a USB stick, and can be clipped onto clothing or a necklace.  A camera and microphone record  images and sounds from one’s surroundings. Algorithms analyze faces, voices, and surrounding sights and sounds.  The information is sent to a phone, where an app can match it with social media and other data.  To ensure privacy, video and audio content are deleted after  interaction data is collected and analyzed.