Thad Starner, Wearable Computing Pioneer, Named Product Ambassador for United Sciences, LLC
Technical Lead on Google Glass and Georgia Tech professor will utilize United Sciences’ 3D hole scanning and imaging solutions to further develop use cases for wearable computer technology within the human ear.
United Sciences announced that Professor Thad Starner, a founding father of wearable computing and a Technical Lead on Google Glass, has joined the United Sciences’ team as a Product Ambassador. In his classes and research as a professor of computing at Georgia Tech, Thad will utilize United Science’s 3D hole scanning and imaging solutions to further develop use cases for wearable computing technology within the human ear.
Thad is a pioneer of human-computer interaction and is a strong advocate of continuous-access, everyday use systems, having worn his own customized wearable computer continuously since 1993. Thad was introduced to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 when he demonstrated his head-mounted computer and in 2010.
Page and Brin hired Starner to be a Technical Lead for Google Glass where he helped create early prototypes of the device. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is an inventor on over 80 U.S. patent filings. Thad is a founder and director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing.
“Accurate fit is one of the most difficult challenges in creating wearable computers. Already my team is learning how to use ear scans to make better brain computer interfaces and wearables that can be controlled with silent speech.”
“The ear is a physiological playground,” said Sam Kellett, Jr., CEO of United Sciences. “Our scanning technology which captures the precise dimensions within the inner ear allows us to put in-ear sensors in the same place every time and will enable a new class of clinical and consumer biometric devices. We are very excited to work with Thad who has been working to integrate people and machines for over 20 years.”
Karol Hatzilias, Chief Strategy Officer of United Sciences, offered: “Our hole scanning technology will enable impact across a broad spectrum of industries – medical, military, industrial, aerospace, music, consumer electronics, and more. We are eager to see how the use cases Thad envisions for this technology exponentially expand its impact.”
The human ear offers certain natural, anatomical advantages for delivering new and exciting technological breakthroughs in collecting health data, providing “always on” audio communication and allowing wearers to take control of how connected they are to both the physical and virtual world. United Sciences’ 3D scanner makes it possible to capture the true geometry of the inner ear and enables devices that fit perfectly close to the skin.
The custom in-ear devices created from United Sciences’ scans put sensors in the same place every time and information collected is repeatable due to the custom earpiece fitting only one way.
The experiments United Sciences has done within the ear using their 3D scans to make devices with embedded biometric sensors and electrodes have shown very promising data and the company is working with leading innovation labs and multinational companies to develop use cases and commercialize certain products using the scanning technology.
United Sciences recently created a Product Ambassador Program whereby the company works with leading innovators within their respective fields at academic institutions or corporate research innovation labs to develop use cases leveraging the only technology in the world capable of accurately scanning and measuring a hole or cavity through non-contact means. United Sciences can work with these institutions and companies to help commercialize new products or create entirely new markets using its disruptive technology.
“United Sciences, through the Product Ambassador Program, is establishing collaborations with science and technology leaders to further develop new opportunities. United Sciences is embracing academic collaborations as a way to accelerate early evaluation of new opportunities.
This is a very exciting opportunity for industry – academia collaboration,” said Dr. Henrik I. Christensen, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and collaborator with United Sciences in the Product Ambassador Program.
To learn more about the technology, becoming a partner in innovation through the Product Ambassador Program or purchasing a scanner for further innovation and research, contact the United Sciences team at info(at)unitedsciences(dot)com.