Well these glasses don’t actually endow you with X Ray vision, but the O2Amp glasses (from 2AI Labs) do offer you the ability to gauge a person’s emotions by detecting and analyzing the color of the subject’s skin. Designers behind this astonishing invention say that they built upon the human eye’s natural ability to detect emotions (rosy cheeks for embarrassment and a green tint for illness, for example). The glasses have the processing power to detect the most minute alterations in skin tone and then display/notify the user about the mental/physical state of the subject.
Mark Changizi is the brain behind the O2Amp glasses. While at CalTech, he studied color vision in primates and the evolution of human vision based on oxygen levels in hemoglobin under the skin. He claims that during different circumstances the oxygen modulations under facial skin changes leading to different color variations. The glasses use this principle to operate.
The team, at 2AI Labs (with Changizi in the lead), has come up with three separate filters. This will help doctors better understand the state of their patients by ‘looking’ at the oxygen levels in the blood (as seen superficially). The first filter lets doctors/nurses locate veins under the skin. The filter makes the veins “glow” which facilitates the doctors/nurses to find the right one. The second filter will help them detect shock or trauma. Either of these conditions cause a significant drop in oxygen levels in hemoglobin in the blood causing a change in blood color (the patient appears paler). The third filter is essentially a “quick clinical enhancer” which will help doctors better assess a patient’s condition during visits or emergencies.
Testing of the O2Amp glasses has started in two hospitals. Doctors have given a positive feedback so far. Changizi and his team are trying to make a version for daily use. They think their invention has immense potential. The glasses will be of huge help in disaster stricken areas to quickly determine trauma, or one can wear them at a poker table to see the facial expressions of the player opposite to him/her. Like any other invention, the use depends on the user!