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Peter Meijer
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Attended Delft University of Technology
Lives in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Sensory substitution: Closing the gap between basic research and widespread practical visual rehabilitation http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0149763413002765
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A blind writer reflects on the persistent stigma attached to assistive technologies, even advanced ones.
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Successful tactile based visual sensory substitution use functions independently of visual pathway integrity
http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00291/full Results obtained with the BrainPort vision device (tongue display)
Provisional PDF http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/80882/pdf

Benchmark this against The vOICe http://www.seeingwithsound.com
Purpose: We explored the microstructural differences between perinatally blind (PB), acquired blind (AB), and normally sighted controls (SC) and related these differences to performance on functi...
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Thank you for the invitation to join the Project Tango community! I am looking forward to applying the Tango 3D sensing and depth mapping technology to obstacle detection and environmental visualization for the blind. Project Tango would be a natural extension of The vOICe for Android http://www.seeingwithsound.com/android.htm especially if this real-time low-power SLAM tech could be integrated in Google Glass or other Android-based augmented reality glasses.
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+Brandyn White Good idea. I've sent you a private invitation with contact info.
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Frontiers for young minds - Seeing with your ears: a wondrous journey across the senses http://kids.frontiersin.org/articles/seeing_with_your_ears/12/ The vOICe

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Google's Project Tango device does not work well in bright sunlight, but otherwise appears to perform quite well!
 
Does Project Tango work outside? Yes!

We get this question all the time so I took some shots this week in various locations to demonstrate the approximate performance. The first thing to note is that all of Project Tango's motion tracking works great under good lighting inside and out. We also have an integrated depth sensor that works well except for under bright direct sunlight. It is still a camera based system and of course optics design and computer vision are nowhere near solved research efforts, but I find my Project Tango device fun to use in most places I go.
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What does it take to get institutes for the blind interested in artificial vision for their clients?
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Possibly for the current cadre of professionals to retire/die and be replaced by people who can imagine its utility.  By the way, I'll alpha/beta test anything you create because I like the fact that you're challenging conventional wisdom.
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Nice wide-angle cameras on board.
 
Hey guys! 

We (iFixit) took apart the Project Tango so everyone can take a peek inside: http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Project+Tango+Teardown/23835

Definitely let me know if you have any comments or suggestions! 
Teardown of the Project Tango developer phone in April 2014.
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From the Project Tango Developers community...
 
I am working with a person who is blind and runs a school for guide dogs. We applied (and did not get one) to see if the tango could allow hte blind to visualize their environment. 
Is anyone working on this problem?
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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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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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