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Computerized-eyewear based face recognition system for improving social lives of prosopagnosics

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5 Author(s)
Xi Wang ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Houston, Houston, TX, USA ; Xi Zhao ; Prakash, V. ; Weidong Shi
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Prosopagnosia (PA), or the inability to recognize faces, is widespread around the world, with no effective cure for the disease. We propose a wearable system to improve prosopagnosic's daily life. The system utilizes a real-time face recognition application that runs on a smartphone, and a portable eyewear that displays descriptive information when a person appears in range of camera mounted on the eyewear. The system helps these patients identify faces, reminds them to make social reactions and ultimately prevents them from developing social anxiety disorders, characterized by fear and avoidance of social situations that may cause embarrassment. Lastly, we implement the system in a real life demonstration to test its performance.

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Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth), 2013 7th International Conference on

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5-8 May 2013