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Peter Meijer (The vOICe)
Works at Metamodal
Attended Delft University of Technology
Lives in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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(The Guardian) The vOICe: the soundscape headsets that allow blind people to 'see' the world http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/07/voice-soundscape-headsets-allow-blind-see with +Michael Proulx Nice coverage!
Technology scans the environment and translates images into whistles and bleeps users can understand
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+Peter Meijer perhaps a better solution for The vOICe on smart glasses is to try to convince an existing smart glasses manufacturer to support Linux or Android? Maybe an online petition and/or crowdfunding charity campaign could be enough to push one of them to do it? (If you actually think it would be feasible, then I'd gladly help you spread the word)
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Could explosive percolation network theory make sensory substitution go viral? http://www.wired.com/2015/08/new-laws-explain-fast-growing-networks-break/
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A nice blog post from Google Research on the design of the client-side OCR in Google Translate. Having spent several years of my life on the server-side version of this, I am obviously a fan :-). Getting it all to run on a phone is no mean feat!
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The vOICe sensory substitution and Argus II retinal implant in Silicon Chip of July 2015 (subscription)
http://www.siliconchip.com.au/Issue/2015/July/The+Bionic+Eye%3A+Artificial+Vision,+Pt.2 #BionicEye
Providing artificial vision for the blind is the holy grail of vision impairment research. We take a look at the work that’s currently going on in pursuit of that lofty goal. by Dr David Maddison
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Deep neural networks for face recognition in darkness http://blog.applysci.com/?p=4302
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology researchers have used the heat from one's face to enable facial recognition in darkness. Thermal imaging creates an infrared picture, which can then be matched to ...
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Intel RealSense 3D camera lets you log into Windows 10 and websites using your face http://gizmodo.com/your-computer-probably-cant-use-one-of-windows-10s-cool-1721459061 #a11y  
How did I just do that? I’m using Windows Hello, a new feature of Windows 10 that can log you in with your face instead of a password. Yes, just what those baby ads were talking about.
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Audio-visual synchrony and feature-selective attention co-amplify early visual processing http://www.jneurosci.org/content/30/37/12329.full
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Bionic eye technology could more rapidly spot assembly line faults http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_30-7-2015-12-1-2 About research by +Konstantin Nikolic "Dr Nikolic and his team [...] plan to develop a visual to auditory ‘sensory substitution system’, in the form of a simple, smart phone app, in the form of a simple, smart phone app, which could convert visual information into sound to enable the user to see with their ears." Would this be similar to The vOICe? http://www.seeingwithsound.com/android.htm
"In the long term, the team predict that the technology could be adapted into a prosthetic to restore vision."
Scientists are developing a 'bionic eye' that could be used by manufacturers to improve monitoring of industrial assembly lines.
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The vOICe, the synthetic vision system http://www.kriorus.ru/en/news/vOICe-synthetic-vision-system by KrioRus, Russian Transhumanist Movement
vOICe, the synthetic vision system, – the unique chance for the blind people to see the world again. Russian Transhumanist Movement is carrying out the socially significant project, the aim of which is to give the blind people the ability to navigate and take care of themselves.
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(PDF) Functional connectivity of visual cortex in the blind follows retinotopic organization principles http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/138/6/1679.full-text.pdf
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Medical image processing
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  • Metamodal
    Neural engineering, 2011 - present
  • Hemics
    Principal Scientist, 2011 - present
  • NXP Semiconductors
    Senior Scientist, 2006 - 2010
  • Philips Research
    Senior Scientist, 1985 - 2006
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Developer of The vOICe sensory substitution system for the blind.
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Peter Meijer was born on June 5, 1961, in Sliedrecht, The Netherlands. He received his M.Sc. in Physics from Delft University of Technology in 1985, for work performed in the Solid State Physics group (nowadays Quantum Transport group) on non-equilibrium superconductivity and sub-micron photolithography.

From September 1985 until August 2006 he worked as a research scientist at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, initially focusing on black-box modeling techniques for analog circuit simulation. He developed two different classes of highly nonlinear multivariate interpolation techniques (published in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, 1990), and later he generalized the multilayer perceptron networks (AKA feedforward neural networks) for learning in time and frequency domain. Separately, he also developed an accelerated reliability simulator for hot-carrier degradation in CMOS circuits (presented at ESREF 1993). In May 1996 he received his Ph.D. from Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering, on the subject of dynamic neural networks for device and subcircuit modeling for circuit simulation. Dynamic neural networks were applied in modeling bipolar and MOS transistors, analog video filters (one-chip TV), folding AD converters, intermodulation distortion in mixers, two-port resonance in BNC connectors with leads, frequency-domain transformer modeling, heatflow in IC packages, and a variety of other cases. From 1999 until 2003 he was cluster leader of the Future Design Technologies cluster within the research group Digital Design & Test at Philips Research, while working on novel nanotechnology design options and the simulation and modeling of RF effects in high-speed analog and digital circuits. He applied a combination of FDTD (a 4D discretization technique for solving Maxwell’s equations in space and time) and dynamic neural networks to model cross-talk in ultra-high frequency interconnect (200 GHz). His work on nanoimprint techniques was part of a cooperation between Philips and ASML.

In October 2006 he left Philips and joined the Central R&D organization of the newly founded NXP Semiconductors, to work in the field of computer vision research, programming a massively parallel SIMD-based hardware platform for real-time low-power video processing ("pixel crunching" with the 320-core Xetal chip). Applications included real-time body-tracking and automatic camera calibration for nonlinear lens and visual perspective distortion, and real-time stereo vision. In September 2008 the focus of his work shifted towards image processing for improved picture quality in digital television (DTV). He left NXP Semiconductors in December 2010.

In October 2011 he joined Hemics (formerly known as Akeso Medical Imaging). Hemics is a medical device company active in the field of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It aims to improve the quality of life of patients by creating imaging devices that support the rheumatologist in monitoring and treatment of this disease.

In parallel with his work in the medical and electronics industry, and in line with his interests in human sensing capabilities, he developed an image-to-sound conversion system known as "The vOICe", aimed at the development of a synthetic vision device (artificial vision system) for the blind. Starting with the design and implementation of a 5-stage pipelined special purpose computer, he later developed software versions for Microsoft Windows netbooks (The vOICe Learning Edition), Nokia camera phones (The vOICe MIDlet, Java ME) and an augmented reality version for Android camera phones (The vOICe for Android). Further evaluation of this noninvasive technology in cooperation with Harvard Medical School, California Institute of Technology, University of Düsseldorf (Institute of Experimental Psychology), University of Jerusalem (Institute of Medical Sciences), University of Lübeck (Institute for Neuro- and Bioinformatics), Montreal Neurological Institute, and other academic partners around the world.

Contact: http://www.seeingwithsound.com/contact.htm

Education
  • Delft University of Technology
    Physics, 1979 - 1985
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