The development of photovoltaic systems – through which sunlight is converted to electricity – has accelerated rapidly over the past quarter-century, largely as a result of increased environmental awareness and high oil prices. There’s now a broad range of systems on offer, from the very small – providing power for individual pieces of equipment –
At the UK’s 2013 Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition Omron showed a ‘smile calibrator’ with OKAO technology designed to measure, compare and even calibrate the smiles of visitors. People were invited to check the quality of their smile and even compare it against that of a friend.
This article was featured in the Controls, Drives & Automation magazine sept 2013
While undoubtedly good fun, the ‘smile’ calibrator with OKAO technology carries a serious technological message: people are surrounded by all types of machines and devices that provide many kinds of information and services. Omron believes that it is important to create machines that are capable of adapting themselves to individual users, thus providing information services and interfaces that are optimised for each person. To make this possible, machines must be able to recognise each person and make judgements about what that particular individual needs.
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