IBM is unveiling a new software memory assist system for mobile devices, dubbed “PENSIEVE”, that collects, stores, and cross references information that you might otherwise forget about, that will be forever lost to other things and events in your life.
Here’s a short video explaining the basics of the system:
More about the software from IBM:
Today’s mobile devices have an endless number of functions that can record data in real time. IBM’s new software blends techniques from image processing, GPS information, smart clustering, optical character recognition, speech recognition, and information retrieval to index and tag the information.
Researchers at IBM’s Haifa Research Lab in Israel are pairing advanced mobile technologies with memory cues to develop a system that can analyze acquired data, create hooks to related experiences, and use them to populate a person’s information management applications. Once the address books and calendars are updated, the technology enables memory recall triggered by time, location or the introduction of related information.
For example, if you meet someone at a conference and use your phone to take a picture of him or her and another picture of that person’s business card, the new technology will associate the two pieces of data because they were taken at the same time and location. It then creates a virtual briefcase of data that includes the person’s image, the name of the conference where you met, the date and time, and any other relevant data.
The knowledge base is unique in its ability to integrate contextual information with image, time, and location data. Prior to a future meeting with the same person, you can be prompted by your calendar to review your notes about that person, along with other facts you may have recorded or items the system associated for you.