Omron Facial Recognition Software Now Measures Smiling Faces

Smile measurement is the latest feature

Smile measurement is the latest feature in Omron‘s OKAO Vision suite of facial recognition software. OKAO Vision uses a proprietary 3D model fitting technique to quickly and accurately detect and analyze faces even in blurred or partially obscured images or when the subject is not looking directly at the camera. It is able to verify identity, estimate age and gender and track pupil or eyelid movements instantaneously, whether the facial image is moving or stationary. Compact enough to be integrated on a chip for mobile devices, Omron says the software offers other applications including identity theft prevention, building entry management, driver monitoring systems in cars and access control for age-restricted content. “The technology has great potential for a whole host of applications from consumer electronics to healthcare,” said Masato Kawade, senior manager of Omron’s Sensing & Control Laboratory. “Imagine a camera that makes sure you don’t miss that moment when everyone is smiling at their best. Or what about a ‘smile-checker’ for people working in the service industry? The software could be used equally effectively by mental healthcare professionals as a means of tracking patients’ mental condition, and in market research to gauge consumer responses to new products.” “The face is one of the richest sources of information about humans open to interpretation by computers. Omron is committed to developing even more sophisticated emotion-sensing technologies in the future that will enable machines to understand their users better and contribute directly to improved user safety and convenience,” said Kawade. The software was on display at CEATEC JAPAN 2007, which ran from October 2 through October 6 at Makuhari Messe, near Tokyo.