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10:34 am - 04/10/2012

Tongue-controlled Kinect interface under development in Japan



A research group at The University of Electro-Communications is developing an interface to detect tongue movement using the Kinect.

This interface is intended mainly for training the oral muscles, which include the tongue, for people who have oral motor function disorders affecting their ability to speak or swallow. The research group suggests this as a hygienic detection method, which doesn't require attaching a device to the tongue.

"First of all, the face and eyes are detected using Kinect. When both eyes are recognized, the system can estimate the position of the nose, and based on the position of the nose, movement values are obtained. The minimum movement value indicates the tip of the nose. Based on that position, the system determines the mouth area. Based on the mouth area, movement values are obtained, like before. So finally, the position of the tongue is obtained."

"One way of training the tongue is to move it left and right. We've created a shooting game based on that motion."

"When you stick your tongue out, a bullet is shot from the player in the middle. The bullet's trajectory depends on which way the tongue is pointing. That's how you aim at the targets in this game."

"The first problem is that detection isn't very precise, the system isn't very robust. So we're considering how to improve the precision. Also, we'd like to develop an interface that uses the motion of the lips as well as the tongue, so training can include a combination of mouth motions."

Just "kissing" the posters wasn't enough.

Source: Diginfo Tv
rainbow_yarn 10th-Apr-2012 08:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, come to think of it, the "wtfjapan" tag is unnecessary as well.
mjspice 10th-Apr-2012 08:49 am (UTC)
I tagged it as I saw fit.
baka_tenshi 10th-Apr-2012 08:50 am (UTC)
yep. I was just reading a CRACKED article that had the weirdest sex toys rich people buy and, surprise surprise, none of them were actually from Japan.

I get that there's a lot of weird things and technologies in Japan (like the moving kitty ears and kissing poster) but the same thing can be said in America, the UK, etc. :/
kazeryl 10th-Apr-2012 08:50 am (UTC)
Relax relax.
OP is a great fan of Japan too.
So dont get so worked up. ^^
mjspice 10th-Apr-2012 08:52 am (UTC)
I dunno what I did wrong to get them worked up like that tbh.
kazeryl 10th-Apr-2012 08:55 am (UTC)
Maybe they thought you are only saying about Japan?
Some people dont like people to directly pinpoint at only one country.
But indeed..other countries are/may be like this.
Why not you just add another tag..
Like: 'wtf...maybe (other country name)'?
mjspice 10th-Apr-2012 08:57 am (UTC)
True but then this IS a Japan only community & the tag was already there so it's not my fault.
kazeryl 10th-Apr-2012 09:00 am (UTC)
Ohh so its a tag that exist already. XD
I dont post here so Im not sure though.
What done is done, lets just let it be then.
Its actually nothing.
You've seen and went through lots of stuffs more than this already.
Just let it be then. XD
baka_tenshi 10th-Apr-2012 08:55 am (UTC)
then you don't want to know what I'm like when I'm "worked up".

But honestly? Just a little tired of calling every little thing that Japan does is "weird".
mjspice 10th-Apr-2012 08:58 am (UTC)
Well this IS a Japanese community & "weird" articles will turn up from time to time.
baka_tenshi 10th-Apr-2012 09:01 am (UTC)
I get that. What is unnesscary is EVERY technology news gets branded as weird and it's really annoying. I apologize for being like this but come on now.
squallina 10th-Apr-2012 09:05 am (UTC)
:( Nothing at all. People are just being touchy. *hugs*
rainbow_yarn 10th-Apr-2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
Nothing makes me less relaxed than being told to relax when I'm already calm.

I'm not annoyed about the Japan bit; it's that I don't see what's "wtf" about this technology. I would use "wtf" for, say, the kissing poster or for some kind of shit some politician pulled, not this.
mjspice 10th-Apr-2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
I don't see what's "wtf" about this technology.

Alrigh, lemme explain. The "WTF" is there because there are two ways to see this. One is the obvious reason that has been mentioned. The other is, to put it bluntly, sex games. Can you imagine how wrong that would be considering the otakus in Japan? In fact not even otakus but just about ANYONE?
baka_tenshi 10th-Apr-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
that's quite a leap from shooting missiles to oral sex. i didn't even think of that till you said anything like that.
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