1. Introduction to Tiny Ear Computer
2. Design Attributes
3. The Device
4. The Creator of the Device.
5. The Interface
6. Working of the Tiny Ear Computer
7. Instances of the Working
8. Biological Coordination of the Technology
9. Future Prospects of the Device
Wearable computing is thought by many commentators to be
the next big thing in technology, with products such as Google
Glass and Smart watches in the digital market.
It has been made with the basic idea that people will wear it
in the same way they wear earrings.
Can anyone of YOU sitting in this room guess, what the device
will look like ?
Its designs are based
They have made this
with the basic idea that
people will wear it in
the same way they
The device, known at the
moment as the "Earclip-
type Wearable PC" has a
microchip and data storage,
enabling users to load
A tiny personal computer that
is worn on the ear and can be
controlled with the blink of an
eye or the click of a tongue is
being tested now in Japan.
The device, called Earclip-type Wearable PC, was built
at Hiroshima University, weighs 17g, and is fitted with GPS,
compass, gyro-sensor, speaker and microphone.
It uses infrared sensors that monitor tiny movements inside the ear
and can track every time a wearer's eyes and mouth move.
It can be connected to any Bluetooth-enabled device and can be
programmed to register certain movements.
For example, a wearer could scroll through menus by winking, or
open a programme by sticking out their tongue or clenching their
Created by Hiroshima City
University staffer Kazuhiro
Taniguchi, the prototype
device's interface uses infrared
waves to detect when the
wearer opens and closes his
Those movements send
signals back to the device.
Conceivably, apps could be
created for the device that
would let you do things.
It will fetch traffic
information or get directions
by turning your head or biting
Aside from allowing the
wearer to operate the
device completely hands
free, Taniguchi also
believes the Ear Switch's
sensors could serve as a
tool to monitor the wearer's
hasn't released many of the
technical details behind the
device, so at this point it's
best to consider this a
brilliant concept device
that may become a
The device uses infrared sensors that monitor tiny
movements in the ear, which differ depending on
how the eyes and mouth move.
It uses smartphone features to connect to the
Internet would mean you could be automatically
put in touch with people in faraway places who are
doing the same thing as you.
An onboard accelerometer can access information
based on GPS data.
Because the user does not have to move either hand, its developers say
it can serve as "a third hand" for everyone from caregivers to rock-
climbers, motorbike riders to astronauts, as well as people with
"Supposing I climb a mountain, look at the sky at night and see a
bright star up there, it could tell me what it is," Taniguchi said. "As
it knows what altitude I'm at, which direction I'm looking and at what
angle, it could tell me, 'The bright star you are seeing now is Sirius'."
Using a smartphone to connect to the Internet would mean you could
be automatically put in touch with people in faraway places who are
doing the same thing as you.
"This could connect you with a person who is looking at the
same star at a remote place at the same time," enabling the
people to swap impressions, Taniguchi said.
A second version of the device might be pressed into use to
help relatives keep an eye on elderly family in greying world
The earpiece, which could also function as a hearing aid, could
monitor the wearer's health, including their pulse and body
temperature, while logging how often they eat and sneeze,
offering early warning of the onset of illness.
The system, which developers are hoping to
have ready for Christmas 2015, can be
connected to an iPod or other gadget and
would allow the user to navigate through
software programmes using facial
expressions, such as a raised eyebrow, a stuck-
out tongue, a wiggle of the nose or by clenching
The Cinematic Effect of
The technology is reminiscent of
the in-ear computer worn by
Joaquin Phoenix in the 2013
film Her won an Academy
Award for Original Screenplay.
In the film, Phoenix's character
Theodore Twombly falls in love
with an operating system with a
Actor Joaquin Phoenix wearing
the “Tiny Ear Computer” in the
It’s the next BIG thing in wearable computing digital
It is a replacement of carrying smart devices( smart
phones, tablets) in obscure places while travelling (
cycling, motorbiking, mountain riding).
It can be used for health monitoring issues by the
users ( especially elder people).
Remember its not only PORTABLE, its
The Hiroshima University Science Journal
Popular Mechanics magazine
The Japan Times