The Asian Age

GOOGLE GLASS APP DE­TECTS HU­MAN EMO­TIONS

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Berlin Ger­man sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped a soft­ware for Google Glass to mea­sure hu­man emo­tions by analysing their fa­cial ex­pres­sions, in ad­di­tion to gaug­ing a per­son’s age and de­tect­ing gen­der.

Re­searchers at the Fraun­hofer In­sti­tute for In­te­grated Cir­cuits adapted its SHORE real- time face de­tec­tion and anal­y­sis soft­ware to work with Google Glass, the first app of its kind.

With the aid of Glass’ in­te­grated cam­era, the app de­tects peo­ple’s faces and de­ter­mines their emo­tions by analysing their fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

The so- called Glass­ware ( Google Glass app) simultaneo­usly gauges the per­son’s age or de­tects their gen­der among other things, but it can­not de­ter­mine their iden­tity, re­searchers said.

All cal­cu­la­tions are per­formed in real- time by the CPU in­te­grated in the eyewear. The im­age data never leaves the de­vice.

The ad­vance opens up an en­tire spec­trum of new smart eye- wear ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion aids for peo­ple with dis­or­ders such as autism, many of whom have dif­fi­culty in­ter­pret­ing emo­tions through fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

This miss­ing in­for­ma­tion could be su­per­im­posed in the per­son’s field of vi­sion with data glasses.

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