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Peter Meijer (The vOICe)
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Attended Delft University of Technology
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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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Do you need a heads-up display? http://zackfreedman.com/2016/02/10/do-you-need-a-heads-up-display/ by +Zack Freedman; I suppose sensory substitution for the blind here falls under enhanced situational awareness.
Most people have nothing to gain from a heads-up display or a wrist computer. Do you? The more of the following are true, the greater an unfair advantage you can gain from a wearable. Consider gett...
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I do not categorize general vision technology for the blind under the term accessibility, but that is a matter of definition, or taste. The system that I outlined could also identify plant species that you and I never heard of, and if spoken it could be used by sighted and blind alike. BTW, Google's mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", and future HMDs will likely implement variations on that general theme.
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(Russian) Рабочие места: Игорь Трапезников, нейрофизиолог, лидер проекта «vOICe — звуковое зрение» http://lifehacker.ru/2016/02/09/rabochie-mesta-igor-trapeznikov/ +Igor Trapeznikov
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В гостях у Лайфхакера человек, в руку которого вживлён имплант с банковской картой и проездным. Ему достаточно поднести к терминалу ладонь, чтобы расплатиться за кофе или пройти через турникет. Игорь Трапезников — учёный, который стал одним из первых «киборгов» в нашей стране. В интервью он рассказал нам о своих проектах и поделился принципами своей работы.
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Ongoing surge of interest in vision technology for the blind in China: in the last 2 days there were 4,300 runs of The vOICe for Android in Eastern China, by 2,100 users (map image is China-only)
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(image) This is a screenshot of what The vOICe for Android looks like to users in China https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vOICe.vOICe&hl=zh_CN
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Sudden peak in use of The vOICe for Android in China today, curiously all using slightly older version 1.87. (Chinese) The vOICe为Android 1.89: 为盲人增强现实: 用你的耳朵看! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vOICe.vOICe&hl=zh_CN The vOICe为Android把摄像机的场景变成 音频扫描,用传感替代和计算机图像视觉的方法为全盲的人提供增强现实(再现周围环境)。APK 1.89 http://www.seeingwithsound.com/phone/vOICeAndroid.apk #seeingwithsound

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用你的耳朵看!The vOICe为Android把摄像机的场景变成 音频扫描,用传感替代和计算机图像视觉的方法为全盲的人提供增强现实(再现周围环境)。...
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Looks like several thousand Chinese people will be installing and trying The vOICe for Android today - peak usage from China has been ongoing for hours
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Blind user: "the combination of #The_vOICe and #Teradeep and the distance sensor is quite effective" https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=905623#p905623 #blind #a11y of #vision
I'm rewriting bits of the webcamvideo module, it will check the camera when start is called and if its not ok then camera.start() will return False. Also, there will be a function to check if the camera is still ok, and also when camera.stop() is called the camera will be released.
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(image) Runs per hour of The vOICe for Android in China in the last 3 days (Amsterdam time, dips when Chinese sleep)
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(Russian) Сенсорное замещение будущего - The vOICe | Игорь Трапезников | TEDxPokrovkaSt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnY3U-JHIYE Наш мозг — удивительная вещь! Он может научиться чему угодно. А дело в его нейропластичности — способности перестраивать свою работу под необходимую задачу, адаптироваться к окружающей среде.
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Map of runtimes in seconds shows that some new Chinese users ran The vOICe for Android up to 10 minutes at a time.
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Company offers free dashcam in return for its data - to create a visual map of streets around the world? http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/09/andy-rubin-works-on-free-dashcam/ Andy Rubin, Playground Global
You'll just have to give up its data in exchange.
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Yesterday there were 1,747 runs of The vOICe for Android in Eastern China, by 953 users (image is China-only) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vOICe.vOICe
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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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