Golden-I Head-mounted Computer

| January 19, 2012 |

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is always an event that thrills gadget lovers. The recently-concluded edition was no different. One of the more interesting products to be displayed at CES 2012 was a head-mounted computer system.

This amazing (or crazy) sounding device actually exists. The Golden-I wearable computer, manufactured by Motorola using technology licensed from Kopin and software developed by Ikanos, has a 1GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM.

The Windows CE device does not rely on touch. Instead, it is activated by voice commands (Nuance-based voice control system) and by head movements. For example, saying “Golden-I, wake up” is enough to turn on the display. The device responds to commands such as “View from camera 1” to get a video feed from whatever is designated as “camera 1”. Just say “previous” and you go back to the previous screen or menu option.

The voice activation is made possible by dual microphones, while movement is detected by the six-axis accelerometer. You can calibrate the device to suit your movement styles and speeds.

The Golden-I supports Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth and Verizon is reportedly working on a 4G dongle for it. The display is relatively small, and is mounted on an arm that pivots and tilts easily.

It may sound hard to focus on images showing on such a small display, but people who’ve actually tried the Golden-i out at CES opine that it’s not too bad, and that one can get used to this gadget in as little as 20 minutes.

The Golden-i is priced at around $2,500 (£1,650) and is being sold as a Developer Kit, if you wish to be a pioneer.





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