Social Video Glasses!

Record your point of view & share it socially.
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Vergence Labs
Design
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member


The Problem:

Recording video or taking pictures is clunky.  You have to pull out your smart phone or your video camera, and hold it up. This immediately causes you to lose the use of your hands, and makes the entire situation you are recording clumsy & socially awkward.  What if you could just touch a button on your eyewear and instantly start recording from the perspective of your eyes instead?

The Solution:

Our glasses will record and stream 1st person point of view, into apps and share across social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, or plug into your computer to socially share the experiences you recorded while you recharge.  It's a consumer electronics fashion accessory designed with technology to enable cool new social video while being fashion-forward and stylish in the process.

 

Here are some work in progress frame styles fashioned after the classic yet edgy beatnik James Dean, Buddy Holly, Clark Kent styles that are geeky yet rebellious, stylish, and sci-fi comic-book superhero, all at the same time.  We designed these and produced these frames in house and fabricated them using our MakerBot 3D printer!  Fun.  The glasses will be produced and branded under our newly established eyewear brand, Epiphany Eyewear!

3D printing is fun and easy!

 

YouGen.TV: Record & Share Your Own Point of View on the Web & in Apps.

Our web sharing site, YouGen.Tv will enable users to create social profiles and share 1st person POV “experiences” as their real “life memories”  onto Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms, from the same perspective, and point of view as they experienced them.  

Anything that requires your hands can now be easily captured with our simple friction-free fashion-forward stylish eye wear product.  We believe the future of computing is "hands-free" and directly "wearable" experience, and this is the first step towards getting there. A world where everyone will have access to the information and the experiences they need directly within the context of their own reality and perspective; while simultaneously having the ability to record and share their own perspective for others to see.  We believe this will raise the overall level of human empathy across the world so that everyone is able to see things more directly from the validity of other people's point of view.  


A prototype app: Below is an snapshot of real-time identity recognition software we have running on one of our early stage prototypes. This app processes video in real-time from the world around you, and uses computer vision to recognize faces. When a face is detected, it crops the pixels, and sends them to a cloud service, using your facebook friends to look up the identity of the person.  So, in other words, this app can recognize, remember and remind you of who your friends are.

Thank you for your support!  Please forward this project to all of your friends, post it on email lists, web forums, share on facebook, twitter and google plus, talk about it at lunch!  :-)  Thank you so much; we look forward to creating an incredible future together with you.

 

PROJECT UPDATE!  Because the project is going so well & we believe in giving back, and our project hit the 50k goal so quickly! We will now donate $1 (for every single extra pledge) to one of the following organizations:

1) H.K. Foundation for The Blind http://www.hki.org/preventing-blindness/

2) Guide Dog Foundation for The Blind: http://www.guidedog.org/

3) Alzheimer's Foundation of America http://www.alzfdn.org/

4) The Sunshine Foundation http://www.sunshinefoundation.org/

5) Knowledge is Power Program (Education) http://www.kipp.org/

Message us when you make your pledge with which charity from the list above you'd like us to donate, if you don't message us, we will choose!

 

Team / Founder's Backgrounds

Erick Stephen Miller the founder/CEO has been called a "Renaissance Man" due to an insatiable desire to innovate and his tendency to mix art and technology. He's also an MBA from UCLA and National University of Singapore with over a decade of experience in hands-on computer graphics.  Miller brings to the table over 10+ years professional experience at companies such as Disney, Digital Domain and Sony. Erick has written many complex 3D software systems as a Technical Director, authored 5 books, is published by the ACM, and has managed multi-million dollar software projects in the context of Technology Management. Erick has also sat on several review boards, including Autodesk's CTO council and the ACM's unified jury where he's been a Siggraph Session Chair.

Jon Rodriguez is the Chief Science Officer, and a Stanford Computer Science Engineer (with honors). When starting Vergence Labs, Jon was the same age as Steve Jobs when he teamed up with Wozniak and founded Apple. Jon already has invaluable professional engineering experience at hot web companies like Qik and Facebook. Jon is also an active mechatronics hacker and a self proclaimed trans-humanist.  Jon was teaching himself advanced algorithms and AI programming in grade school, and by the 8th grade he had programmed a six-legged robot to adapt to hardware injuries by evolving its own motor control code. By the 12th grade, he created a long-range infrared sensor for search and rescue robots, won an Intel competition and met Craig Barrett, who was the Chairman and CEO of Intel!  Jon and Erick recently had the privilege of meeting Craig Barrett -- he was super cool and even tried on our prototype electric eye wear!

Craig Barrett wearing early Epiphany Eyewear prototypes

Craig Barrett, the world-recognized technology executive, and former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Intel, trying on our sunglasses!

Jon and Erick's professional experience includes companies such as: Disney, Facebook, Sony, Qik, Digital Domain (and more).


 

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