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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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Sensory substitution at Google #io15: David Eagleman's #VEST for the deaf
 
We are sharing innovations in assistive technology at  #io15 .

Stop by our Sandbox to see  #Exiii 's myoelectric hand made with 3D printing,  +David Eagleman's #VEST  that lets brains take in new data streams, and +Liftware's stabilizing spoon to assist those affected by tremors. 
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What if we worked together to create a more accessible world for all?

Today we’re announcing $20 million in grant funding through the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. We’re challenging the thinkers, the doers, the builders to create technologies that can make a difference to the one billion people around the world living with a disability.

Together, let’s ask the right questions, find new answers, and build a better world, faster. Join us: http://get.google.com/disabilitiesimpactchallenge/
Let’s work together to help change this. The ‘Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities’ aims to expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities. Click here to take part.
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It seems that today on BBC Click there is a piece on using The vOICe sensory substitution for the blind in combination with the Microsoft Kinect, based on work done at the University of Sussex by Giles Hamilton-Fletcher in the research group of Jamie Ward. However, the online video clip can only be watched in the UK at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05wdq7y
Click visits the 3D print show in London and finds out if the technology is finally ready to go mainstream.
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Future talking semantic guide add-on for The vOICe for Android? http://www.seeingwithsound.com/android.htm, via +Stephen Hicks
 
We release our state-of-art object recognition system: 
https://github.com/teradeep/demo-apps
We hope many of you can use it to give vision to your machines.
demo-apps - Teradeep may 2015 top neural network for large-scale object recognition
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Developers interested in the Google/Qualcomm smartphone version of Project Tango can sign up for updates https://developer.qualcomm.com/mobile-development/development-devices/mobile-development-platform-mdp/project-tango
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Google and Qualcomm squeezed Project Tango tech into a smartphone http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/29/google-qualcomm-project-tango-phone/
It seems like a decent of chunk of Google's big news today deals with its partnerships. The search giant is already teaming up with Levi's to explore the
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Cool Glass One, a Google Glass look-alike from China for $330 - $500, coming in August http://uk.businessinsider.com/cool-glass-one-debuts-at-ces-asia-google-china-2015-5
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Asian manufacturers need to stop with the whole "One" branding. It's so tired. Just let it die, please.

Edit: Also, BI == yuck.
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Today tried The vOICe for Android on a Rikomagic MK802 IV TV stick with the UVC compliant Technaxx TX-25 camera glasses https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=763610#p763610 The same garbled bottom slice of the camera view showed up as had been observed under Windows at resolutions 320 x 240 and 640 x 480 (but not at 1280 x 720): apparently the UVC support in the Technaxx TX-25 camera glasses is rather quirky.
Hi all, Tis is getting very exciting fast. The volume is the parameter I change most frequently. I have to increase it in noisy situations such as in shopping malls or when I am walking outside but decrease it when I am in an office or talking to someone. The chest mount should work but is not ...
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Eyes-free list discussion on The vOICe for Android https://groups.google.com/d/topic/eyes-free/tfzELBpN0jQ/discussion
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(PDF on DropBox) The brain is not just a sensory machine: how one can see with sound using sensory substitution https://www.dropbox.com/s/ecmydfvy74i7jaw/Proulx_2.pdf by Michael Proulx 
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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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