Dr. Shin’ichiro Kanoh develops a new method to detect eye movements

JINS MEME
JINS MEME

On November 5, the first batches of JINS MEME, the eyeglasses with the abilities to detect drowsiness and mental fatigue in the wearer using the Electro Oculography (EOG) Sensing Technology*, hit the shelves of JINS stores across Japan. These futuristic specs were jointly developed by the eyewear retailer and Dr. Shin’ichiro Kanoh, Associate Professor of Electronic Engineering at Shibaura Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kanoh specializes in measurement of brain activity and biosignals.
He has done extensive research on biosignal technology which continually measures data from eye movements for detecting mental fatigue and drowsiness.
Dr. Kanoh’s findings made possible the eyewear with built-in sensors on the nose pads and the bridge to track blinking and eye movement. He further developed the alarm function for when the glasses detect drowsiness in car drivers.

On September 16, 2014, the JINS MEME eyewear was one of the technologies selected for Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Innovative Technologies 2014, an annual event which aims to discover and celebrate new technical inventions.
On October 23, 2014 the specs won a Special Recognition Award for the Human (Life Sciences) category at Digital Content Expo 2014 where 20 innovative projects competed for the prestigious award.

A pair of JINS MEME can connect with specially designed mobile phone apps for a wide array of use including mental fatigue-detecting in the office, monitoring performance during a workout routine, etc.

*In a human eyeball, the retina is tinged with a negative electric charge while the cornea is with a positive electric charge. The Electro Oculography (EOG) Sensoring Technology refers to technology which detects eye blinking and eye movements by tracking EOG signals.

EOG sensors on the nose pads and the bridge
EOG sensors on the nose pads and the bridge