Upon discovering the Vuzix Blade smart glasses, the team was compelled to explore the potential of the device. Furthermore, since we are all biomedical engineers, we wanted to apply our shared passion for creating medical solutions towards utilizing Vuzix's incredible technology for an impactful use that improves healthcare.
What it does
FaceUp is an android app developed to connect with the Vuzix Blade wearable smart display and utilize AR technology for a multitude of impact applications in a wide range of fields. By connecting to the Vuzix Blade's wearable camera, the software detects images in the camera's view and compares to a stored library of images and displays an associated artifact near that image (such as a patient chart near a patient's face). Although simple, we wanted to demonstrate that the implementation of facial recognition technology in a small, compact, and wearable device unleashes the potential for key impacts that can significantly change the way people approach certain tasks in enterprise, security, exclusive events, emergency and critical conditions, medical, and many more environments. Furthermore, some examples of potential uses include recognizing family and friends for dementia patients and blind individuals, recognizing registered individuals at large events, being alerted of persons of interest in security situations such as an airport or a border crossing, patient profiles for doctors, and much more. As facial recognition technology begins to progress further, the potential for its applications with wearable technology will only grow larger and create more impactful changes.
How we built it
We utilized Unity, Vysor, Vuforia and the Vuzix Blade Developer Center to develop the application.
Challenges we ran into
At first, we attempted to use Android Studio to develop the app, however, implementing a facial recognition API proved to be very challenging in a short amount of time. We then switched to Unity as a recommendation by a mentor, which helped save lots of time and achieve the desired functionality.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of how much we've been able to learn about android app development and AR technology in such a short period of time, despite not having prior app development experience.
What we learned
We learned about Android Studio, Java, Unity, Vuforia, Vysor, and the Vuzix Blade environment.
What's next for FaceUp
After BrickHack, we are looking to properly implement the facial recognition technology, as well as store a larger database of faces for larger uses, such as a criminal or patient database. As well, we hope to make the interface easier to use and more attractive for the user. Moreover, we hope to add the ability to improve the security of the technology, as the intended use involves personal information of individuals, which must be properly protected.