PlayStation Eye Already Has Facial Recognition Capability
The more we learn about the PlayStation Eye and that corresponding motion technology Sony has planned, the more intrigued we become.
One of the bigger draws of Microsoft's Project Natal is the tech's ability to recognize facial expressions but lo and behold, that same capability is already present in the Eye. According to Develop, Sony has already developed facial recognition software for the PSEye camera, and it seems the SCEE research and development team has already tested it. Head of developer services, Kish Hirani, said "it's a lot of fun in the office," and they already have a "wealth of libraries available" for the Eye. This capability lets the camera recognize and process the position and direction of the player's head, and can even determine gender and approximate age of the face. It goes a step further by acknowledging the facial features; nose, mouth, eyes, eyebrows, and even glasses. This is the type of thing that borders on virtual reality in our minds, and it's almost difficult to comprehend...wasn't there a time in the not-too-distant past where they couldn't even make artificially constructed objects appear like objects in real life? Remember when a ball came out looking like a square 'cuz there was no such thing as rounded edges? Now we're talking about a thing that can read our very faces and put it on a screen? That's kooky talk.
Well, anyway, whenever this new technology arrives, we'll be certain to give it a thorough testing ourselves. We may not be the biggest fans of the Wii, but this is the type of crazy-advanced motion sensing we might be able to identify with.
7/16/2009 Ben Dutka