‘SMART EYE’ IN CHINA WATCHING OUT FOR DISTRACTED STUDENTS
A school in China has
installed facial recognition technology to monitor how attentive students are in class. Every movement of pupils at Hangzhou Number 11 High School in eastern China is watched by three cameras positioned above the blackboard. The ‘smart eye’ works by identifying different facial expressions from the students, and that information is then fed into a computer which assesses if they are enjoying lessons or if their minds are wandering. The computer can pick up emotions, including neutral, happy, sad and disappointed. If it concludes that the student is distracted, it will send a notification to the teacher to take action. The system had been installed in one classroom but will be deployed across the school by the summer, said the headmaster.