Steve Mann was recognized as "The Father of The Wearable Computer", IEEE ISSCC, Feb. 7th, 2000.
"Steve Mann is the perfect example of someone... who persisted in his vision and ended up founding a new discipline."
-- -- Nicholas Negroponte, Founder, Director, and Chairman, MIT Media Lab
Mann is full professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, and is the Chief Scientist of the Rotman School of Management's CD Lab. He is also the Chief Scietist of Meta (http://spaceglasses.com), recently closing a $23 million Series A funding round.
Wearable Intelligent Signal Processing: Lead article from Proceedings of the IEEE, Nov. 1998, Vol. 86, No. 11, cover+p2123-2151
http://computer.org/computer/backissu.htm (scroll down to the feature article of Feb.'97)
The complete article is also available from: http://n1nlf-1.eecg.toronto.edu/ieeecomputer
See also: http://www.wearcam.org/chi97 and http://www.wearcam.org/personaltechnologies and http://www.wearcam.org/historical/
For a light overview of the invention, see: http://www.wearcam.org/judith_gaines_und.gif or if you want more resolution: http://www.wearcam.org/judith_gaines.jpg
Mathematical theory (video orbits) behind his "image compositing" work, see Sep.'97 issue of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing http://n1nlf-1.eecg.toronto.edu/tip.ps.gz
A small gallery of images is located at http://n1nlf-1.eecg.toronto.edu/orbits/gallery.html and a brief description at http://n1nlf-1.eecg.toronto.edu/orbits/
The chirplet transform
Take a look at some other embodiments of his "WearComp" (wearable computer) invention (e.g. WearComp1, WearComp3, etc.): http://www.wearcam.org/steve5.jpg
Other pictures of Mann's "WearComp" invention as it has evolved over more than 20 years.
http://www.eecg.toronto.edu/~jayar/ (Jonathan Rose, one of the principal founders of the "transmogrifier" project,... an FPGA-based computational system)
Prof. Steve Mann University of Toronto Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, mailstop S.F. B540, 10 King's College Road; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; M5S 3G4 Tel. 416.946-3387 Fax. 416.971-2326