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SZ to set up wearable computing institute


Steve Mann gives an interview at the Civic Center in Futian District on Wednesday.

Steve Mann, inventor of the world's first pair of Augmented Reality (AR) glasses, is planning to set up a wearable computing institute in Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported Thursday.

Mann is a full professor at the University of Toronto and a guest professor at Stanford University. As the inventor of the world's first wearable computer and first pair of AR glasses, Mann has devoted himself to the research of wearable computing for over 40 years. Many of his research findings have been industrialized and achieved commercial success.

Shenzhen's vice mayor, Zhang Hu, met with Mann and his colleagues during a meeting held at the Civic Center in Futian District on Wednesday. According to Zhang, there are nearly 2,000 companies specializing in producing wearable devices in Shenzhen, and the city government has introduced favorable policies to support the development of the industry in recent years.

Zhang said the city government expects Mann's institute to settle down in the city as soon as possible to bolster the growth of the city's intelligent manufacturing industry. Both sides also showed an interest in building a wearable device museum in Shenzhen, according to the report.

Mann said his institute in Shenzhen will be dedicated to the research of machine vision, machine learning, brain-wave interaction, wearable computing and other cutting-edge technologies. The institute will operate as a corporation and build an industrial chain to commercialize its research findings.

Mann said the innovation capacity of China is reshaping the world's future. "The electronic information industry in Shenzhen is well-developed, which makes the city a perfect place for the innovative development of wearable devices," he said. "The wearable computing institute in Shenzhen will work as a bridge to connect the innovation chain of wearable intelligent hardware in Canada, America and China."

Source:Shenzhen Daily

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