Singaporean researchers have developed an app which uses facial recognition and Google Glass to help users recognise people, with possible applications including dementia treatment.Outlined in “A Wearable Face Recognition System on Google”, the system has been conceived by academics from the Visual Computing Department, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore.”Knowing the identity of a person is the first step in a face-to-face social interaction. When meeting an unknown or unfamiliar person, recognizing who he/she is and knowing the essential personal information about him/her, such as name, job and working company, can be very helpful in engaging with the person for an interaction or conversation”.”We propose a wearable system on GG, which acts as a social interaction assistant, the application includes face detection, eye localization, face recognition and a user interface for personal information display Glass for Assisting Social Interactions.”In user trials, which are expected to take place within the next two years, the app has been tested on a prototype Google Glass platform.During tests, a guided viewfinder will guide the user to capture a good face image of the targeted person. Once a face image is captured resulting in a successful face recognition, related information is displayed on the screen of GG. The displayed personal information include name, job title, company and portrait of the recognized person in the first page. Information on education, age, hobby, city, and food are displayed in second and third pages of the GG screen.In May, Birmingham City University researchers created a mobility cane that links to a visually impaired user's smartphone to provide facial recognition capabilities. Called the “XploR”, the cane could be used to recognise family or friends for the blind up to 30 feet away. It then vibrates if there is match to let the user know.