Tracking your eyes, Jins Meme glasses tell you if you're tired

Smartphone-linked glasses can be used to navigate smartphone menus by looking side to side

Hitoshi Tanaka, president of eyewear maker Jin, shows off Jins Meme glasses, which can measure alertness by tracking eye movements through electrical sensors. Meme will be released in spring 2015, Tanaka told a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Hitoshi Tanaka, president of eyewear maker Jin, shows off Jins Meme glasses, which can measure alertness by tracking eye movements through electrical sensors. Meme will be released in spring 2015, Tanaka told a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Are you alert enough to drive? New smartphone-linked glasses from Japan can tell you that by tracking your gaze and eye movements.

Jins Meme glasses from Tokyo eyewear maker Jin can measure fatigue and concentration levels, alerting drivers to dangerous situations.

They can measure eye strain caused by looking at computer monitors for a long time, as well as track activities for health purposes.

The glasses can also be used to navigate smartphone displays simply by looking left or right.

At first glance, Memes seem to be ordinary glasses, but they contain small metallic electrooculography (EOG) sensors in the bridge, nose pads and the bars that rest on the ears.

The sensors sit on the nose and near the ears of the user, measuring the electrical potential in eye movements. The voltage differences between the cornea and retina can be translated into data for parameters such as alertness, according to Jin.

"Until now, glasses have only been used to see the outside, but now we can see what's going on inside the user," Jin President Hitoshi Tanaka told a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The company is calling Meme the first consumer eyewear of its kind to use EOG.

It weighs about 36 grams, and also contains a three-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, which can help track steps walked and calories burned.

The temple frames of the device house a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can power it for about eight hours. A headband attachment with a backup battery can double the operating time.

Meme can be fitted with prescription lenses and will be available in a variety of styles such as sunglasses.

Tanaka demoed the eyewear, showing how it can track gaze direction and blink duration in real time and send the data to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The smartphone menu would swipe left or right when he looked in those directions.

Analyzing the Meme data while comparing it to specific events along a timeline can show how interested a person is in something, he said.

An associated app for Windows, iOS and Android would tell office workers or drivers if they're "a little sleepy" or more tired, with text and sound alerts.

The company, which previously marketed glasses that block fatigue-causing blue light from computer displays, sees a huge potential in EOG technology and plans to offer an SDK for app developers.

Jin plans to launch the Meme in spring 2015 in Japan, but said it hasn't yet worked out plans for possible overseas sales. It said the price is also yet to be determined.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags consumer electronicsJin

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tim Hornyak

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?