Blue Eyes Technology - What is it?

Have you ever thought about what will happen if our smartphones, tablets, and computers acquired the ability to sense our emotions? Imagine a world where machines can identify us, feel our presence, and interact with us the way we interact with each other. 

Blue Eyes Technology - What is it?

All these things will soon be a part of the world we are living in and will be achieved with the help of Blue Eyes technology. Blue eyes technology has been conducted by the research team of IBM at Almaden Research Center (ARC) in San Jose, California since 1997. It is an amalgamation of both hardware and software technologies with the help of which we can build machines having human-like sensory and perceptual abilities. In Blue eyes technology, Blue stands for Bluetooth which depicts a wireless and reliable mode of communication and helps in creating a PAN (Personal Area Network) for linking various components of the Blue Eyes devices, and Eyes that help us perceive the world and obtain interesting information. Blue eyes technology works on Artificial Intelligence. It aims to give human abilities to a computer. A research team of IBM has come up with this technology to make a computer understand and sense human feelings and behavior.


The aim of the blue eyes technology is to give human power or abilities to a computer so that the machine can naturally interact with human beings as humans interact with each other, through speech, facial expressions and touch.

All these perceptual capabilities are embedded in the gadgets using the Blue Eyes Technology. This shows how far science and technology can progress and develop. The Blue eyes technology identifies human emotions using image processing techniques by extracting eye portion from the captured image and compares it with the stored images in the database. This high-end technology facilitates the computers to talk, listen and feel our presence with various tools of artificial intelligence like face recognition, fingerprint, and video calls etc. This technology is used to simplify life by providing userfriendly facilities. It also helps in reducing the gap between the computer and human.

Hardware used in Blue Eyes Technology:

The Blue Eyes technology has two main hardware components -
  1. Data Acquisition Unit (DAU)
  2. Central System Unit (CSU).
Data Acquisition Unit’s main objective is to acquire data with the aid of numerous sensors such as beepers, LCD screens, LED indicators, etc., and to transfer all that data to CSU with the help of Bluetooth. It uses Atmel 89C52 as its principal component. The Central System Unit’s task is to analyze and process the data sent by DAU. It also performs access verification and system maintenance.

Software used in Blue Eyes Technology:

The software present in a Blue-Eyes device continuously monitors the conditions of the surroundings. When the conditions change, the software performs real-time analysis of the incoming data and triggers several operations based on the captured data.

The connection manager manages wireless communication between Data Acquisition Unit and Central System Unit. The physiological conditions of the user received by the sensors are analyzed by the Data Analysis module. The Visualization module acts as a UI for the superiors and helps them to watch the physiological condition of the user with a preview of the audio and video streams.

Blue Eyes Devices

The devices used for collecting the information in this technology are as unique as the technology itself. These are specially designed to obtain a plethora of data through touch, perception, hearing, etc. 

Some of the devices used in this technology are:

1. Emotion Mouse (For Hand)

Emotion mouse is an input device that looks like a conventional mouse but it serves the purpose of evaluating the emotions of the user. It has pressure, photo, temperature, and GSR sensors that can classify a user’s emotions into different categories like - fear, surprise, anger, sadness, happiness, disgust, etc. while the user is interacting with the computer.

2. Sentic Mouse

Sentic mouse is also an extension to computer mouse having directional pressure sensors giving conventional mouse the ability to measure emotional valence i.e. to sense attraction or avoidance for objects present on the computer screen.

3. Expression glass (For Eyes)

Expression glasses are wearable devices that help in determining what the user is interested in at a particular time by analyzing the interaction between user and computer. These glasses remember what the user is watching and also catch the facial expressions of the user at that time. Combining that visualization with the emotion of the user gives the level of interest a user has for that thing. One of its prototypes used piezoelectric sensors.

Blue eyes applications in real life

The Technology can be used in automobiles for simple touch computer devices. Electric power stations for sensing the measures of current. Generic control rooms use this technology for sensing. Used for flight communication and control purposes for accurate voice transmission. Medical people use this technology for operation. Used in robots and military purposes. Used in household gadgets and control systems in our rooms. Used highly in speech recognition.

Advantage of blue eyes technology

To speak about the blue eyes technology advantages, it has high accuracy and speed. Compared to other technology there is no need for high physical effort compared to manual level. This technology gives different forms of information. We can make proper and accurate surveys in the biometrics field. It can recognise figure print and its wheel secured than other technology. It makes less error compared to manual work in the technological field. This technology even uses biometrics for accurate results.

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