Don’t look now: Glasses’ digital eyes show your emotions for you

AFP-JIJI

Can’t be bothered to show anyone what you’re thinking? Then a Japanese scientist has the answer — a pair of digital eyes that can express delight and anger, or even feign boredom.

Building on a long line of slightly wacky and not-very-practical inventions for which Japan is famous, Hirotaka Osawa has unveiled the AgencyGlass.

“I wanted to build a system that is capable of carrying out social behaviors for humans,” he said.

Just as robots can reduce the need for physical labor, the AgencyGlass — which looks like two small TV screens set in spectacle frames — aims to cut down its user’s emotional demands by carrying out their eye movements for them.

The two organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens, which are connected to motion sensors and an external camera, show a pair of eyeballs that can appear to be making eye contact while the wearer is looking somewhere else entirely.

The wearer has to choose the emotion in advance — to appear “attentive,” for example, the unit must be switched to this mode before the glasses are put on.