Facebook Acquires Facial Emotions Recognition App
Can you imagine ‘liking’ a Facebook post by simply smiling and not even touching the keypad? Well this amazing feature is quite likely to be possible in the future, thanks to the acquisition of start-up company FacioMetrics, by the social media giant Facebook.
Created by the alumni of Carnegie Mellon University, FacioMetrics is the company which created the facial emotions detection app, IntraFace. With the ability to track seven different types of facial emotions, the IntraFace app could help Facebook to create controls for facial gestures on its app.
Facebook hinted that it would be acquiring FacioMetrics as one of the applications of its artificial intelligence (AI). So using this AI, users may quite possibly be able to respond to a post based on their facial expressions, which could relate to emoticons such as Facebook’s ‘like, angry, love, haha or sad’ emojis. Unfortunately this feature is quite likely a long way off from being debuted.
In the near future, Facebook says it will use FacioMetrics to develop its augmented reality facial masks, which can be seen in their live videos. Today -with features like the masks which can be seen on Snapchat and Facebook- people have the ability to express themselves and communicate in a way that is more engaging and entertaining. Through the integration of the FacioMetrics team, Facebook will bring a variety of fun effects to their videos and photos.
The Snapchat app already includes filters or ‘masks’ that respond to a user raising their eyebrows or opening their mouth. With FacioMetrics, Facebook will have the ability to offer tons of interesting facial-expression triggered effects.
While Facebook is still catching up to Snapchat in terms of it augmented reality (AR), the addition of this start-up is sure to speed things up for the social media company.
FacioMetrics was started as a response to the growing demand for facial image analysis, which can be applied to AR, VR, animation and others. One of the more important applications of this technology, would be using it to detect sleepy drivers, spot depression or even easily analyse the reactions of a focus group.
Facebook may even use this tech to enrich user avatars in video games and make them more life-like. Through developing and integrating computer vison, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality, Facebook is steadily building future experiences of social media.
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by techtalks @TechTalks December 2, 2016 9:49 AM UTC