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Lost the Remote? Use Your Face

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the you-look-bored dept.

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coondoggie writes "A researcher has discovered a way to use facial expressions to speed and slow video playback. By using a combination of facial expression recognition software and automated tutoring technology Jacob Whitehill, a computer science Ph.D. student from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, is leading the project that ultimately is part of a larger venture to use automated facial expression recognition to make robots more effective teachers. The researchers recently conducted a pilot test with 8 people that demonstrated information within the facial expressions people make while watching recorded video lectures can be used to predict a person's preferred viewing speed of the video and how difficult a person perceives the lecture at each moment in time."

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what? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23936475)

wait... now what did you say? I didn't get it. Could you explain it another way please?

Use your face (4, Funny)

kharri1073 (1036550) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936487)

... or just look between the couch cushions.

Re:Use your face (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936683)

I don't know about you, but when looking for the remote I find my face, specifically the eye part of the face, to be an invaluable tool.

Re:Use your 'O' face (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23938403)

Ive presented complex materials where the Alpha person(ppl) in the room (male or female) will just make a face like you are insulting their mother - looking like they hate you and every word you say. But they are actually very intelligent individuals and pick up the material faster then others - they are just pissed off pricks or cunts and wear that expression all day long. Its the "born pissed off" look. Or the permanent "looks like something smells bad" people.

Then again, there are people who just look stupid all day long too. And what about detecting an "O face" (Officespace ref). Will the robot caress your afterwards or just get up and go to work/home.

Bah! (4, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936491)

I have Bell's Palsy you insensitive clod!

Re:Bah! (3, Funny)

chemisus (920383) | more than 6 years ago | (#23940991)

in soviet russia, tv watches you!

Invalid Input (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23936495)

So, whenever you were constipated, your movie would start rewinding?

Re:Invalid Input (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23937395)

Unfortunately (or fortunately, as the case may be), the expression on people's faces when they view 2 Girls 1 Cup produces feedback so strong that it destroys the screen.

** Critical PSA ** (-1, Redundant)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 6 years ago | (#23940813)

OMG you are such an asshole.

There are people out there that still don't know what that is. They might actually be curious about what it is.

PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PEOPLE! DON'T TRY AND FIND OUT WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT!

You have been warned :)

P.S - I was curious after I saw it in a blog someplace (not ./) and then I was completely ruined for about a few hours. It's great as a diet program since I guarantee you won't eat for a few days.

Re:** Critical PSA ** (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23945695)

What is it, anyway? I ain't googling it.

Re:Invalid Input (0)

Wicko (977078) | more than 6 years ago | (#23939001)

Shouldn't you be sitting on one of these [wikipedia.org] if you have a constipated look on your face?

Re: After Microsoft has had a go.. (1)

andersa (687550) | more than 6 years ago | (#23941055)

You look like you are trying to fast forward. Would you like help?

Re:Invalid Input (1)

Biff Stu (654099) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942327)

I don't get it. If you're constipated, how could you possibly use it?

Oh, wait...that's facial recognition, not fecal recognition.
Never mind.

Re:Invalid Input (1)

risk one (1013529) | more than 6 years ago | (#23947195)

Imagine watching Catwoman on this thing. The more you cringe, the longer it will last.

Obvious use (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23936505)

The obvious use for this technology is, of course, pornography. When it detects a look of boredom it knows to fast-forward through the plot bits. When it detects a relaxed-but-slightly-guilty look, it knows to stop the video and clear your browsing history.

Re:Obvious use (2, Funny)

Mushdot (943219) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936637)

It will also help to find the smattering of good bits in the Star Wars prequels:

Use the face, Luke.

Re:Obvious use (1)

popmaker (570147) | more than 6 years ago | (#23939165)

Heh, that just sound like the dialogue for one of the worst product placements in history... "That's right master yoda - the with the Facemaster 3000 I can easily spot what that evil Darth Vader and his gang of mischievous villains are up to - and I don't even have to use the remote!"

Re:Obvious use (2, Interesting)

HitekHobo (1132869) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936863)

This kind of feedback could have astounding implications when you consider a 'porn tree' that viewers branch down based on their unconscious response to the stimulus before them.

It might be just a small part of robotic teaching, but it could be industry changing for cyber-porn if someone actually developed the 'porn tree' and could get actors to play out a scene a couple of dozen ways with varying camera angles etc.

Re:Obvious use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23942905)

They could hook this up to a symbian too...

Re:Obvious use (2, Insightful)

GroeFaZ (850443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936881)

Another use: when robots take over teaching (no matter the subject), whenever the robot teaching goes into a possibly pornographic direction, make an interested face, otherwise look bored. In due time, the robot should lecture about pr0n exclusively.

Re:Obvious use (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937099)

and when it detects the "nut face" it goes into sleep mode?

Re:Obvious use (1)

gdog05 (975196) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937731)

More than likely you'd sneeze causing the volume to max out just as someone arrives at the door. Now THAT's technology at work!

Re:Obvious use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943675)

And when it detects a surprised-cause-mom-just-walked-in-look it stops the porn and opens up your latest school paper, right?

What about (2, Funny)

pedropolis (928836) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936551)

What about when it sees my O face. You know, Oh Oh Oh...

Re:What about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23937549)

So, the face you make when the new Ubuntu comes out?

I can't wait (5, Interesting)

merreborn (853723) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936563)

Great. Then you'll know when the kids who grew up with this technology get bored -- they'll subconsciously start to make the "fast forward" facial expression.

And when they mishear something, they'll make the "rewind" face.

I can't wait. It'll be hilarious.

Re:I can't wait (4, Funny)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936619)

Agreed, just think about the brats, sitting in the corner, cycling through all the facial expressions trying to figure out why life isnt working.

Re:I can't wait (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936739)

Actually that could be a very useful bit of body language. I guess it depends on how exaggerated the facial cues are.

Re:I can't wait (2, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936751)

Well this could have unforeen consequenses. Say you have to watch a boring show or presentation. It is booring really boring but you have to go threw it as there is important information randomly spread out. If we start making expressions so automatically then we the kid will miss all the information.
Or if there are 2 people watching the show and one guy is really dense and just doesn't get it the other guy will have to watch the show stop and start when he doesn't want it to.

And Kids They will play the damn segment over and over and over and over and over again. This will just lead to child abuse.

Re:I can't wait---not a Haiku (3, Interesting)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937155)

go threw it?

my mind explodes and i cringe

the clip fast forwards

Re:I can't wait---not a Haiku (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23937503)

go threw it?

my mind explodes and i cringe

Huked on Foniks pwns u!

Re:I can't wait (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23936811)

Just hope I don't see the "fast forward" face when I'm having sex.

What a waste! (2, Interesting)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#23938139)

Facial recognition needs quite a bit of complex processing and very competent researchers. It is a pity that they're putting it into such a impractical application.

Hand gesture recognition makes a lot more sense.

Re:What a waste! (1)

kcbrown (7426) | more than 6 years ago | (#23944711)

Hand gesture recognition makes a lot more sense.

At least it's obvious what hand gesture to associate with the "skip this ad" function...

My immediate thought... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23936601)

The implications of this technology to porn viewers are staggering!

Wonder if this can be applied to the web (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23936629)

There are some faces I make when I see goatse and other 'shock' sites. Would be nice to link those to 'alt-f4'.
There are also some faces I make at work when the boss shows up that could also help to have an action linked to make it look like I'm working.

For some reason the boss didn't like the rfid tags idea for boss tracking.

Re:Wonder if this can be applied to the web (2, Insightful)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936803)

For some reason the boss didn't like the rfid tags idea for boss tracking.
Maybe you should use bluetooth as an early-detection system if the range in your workplace is satisfactory.

Excellent teachers... (5, Insightful)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936647)

can do this. I've noticed bad college professors just keep plowing through the subject. The best ones will look at the students faces and say, "Lets back up a little," when they see blank stares from their pupils.

I don't think the ability to determine how difficult a concept is to grasp is the breakthrough here. I think it's the fact that a machine can do it.

Re:Excellent teachers... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937365)

That alone can be the difference between a mediocre teacher and a great teacher.

 

Re:Excellent teachers... (2, Insightful)

street struttin' (1249972) | more than 6 years ago | (#23938347)

I would assume that a blank stare would be the most common face made when viewing TV. Especially if it's something that starts with "America's..." or "Celebrity...".

Re:Excellent teachers... (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#23938639)

would assume that a blank stare would be the most common face made when viewing TV. Especially if it's something that starts with "America's..." or "Celebrity...".
I took apart my TV and used the parts to build an electron microscope years ago. The entertainment value in watching grass grow on the cellular level far exceeds that of reality TV.

fingertips (3, Insightful)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936667)

Ok I don't like the idea of changing with my facial expressions. We humans use soo many expressions when talking and even just watching video that any device recording them bound to get confused. What I am interested in is the gesture based technology. Proof of concepts like where they converted the wiimote to a sensor are neat. But I would pay good money for a universal remote where I could gesture with my hands to interact with my consoles. I feel like these are right around the corner. No looking for your remote, just gesture to change the channel or turn up the volume with a precursor motion. Every once in a while you see a company try to hit this market with different products like the playstation webcam thing but no one has hit it on the head yet.

Has anyone heard of a company making good headway in this department?

Re:fingertips (1)

daveatneowindotnet (1309197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936813)

Open source software for gesture recognition http://www.movesinstitute.org/~kolsch/HandVu/HandVu.html [movesinstitute.org]

Re:fingertips (1)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937101)

I don't know, project looks stale, no updates in over 2.5 years.

Re:fingertips (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23951023)

GestureTek is working on this (www.gesturetek.com), although I can't find any reference to it on their website. I saw their CTO do a presentation at the ATIS Think conference in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, and it was quite awesome. Simple hand gestures from the couch to choose channels and favorites, with the favorites selected using face identification software that can tell the difference between family members. They also showed the possibility of answering VOIP calls through your TV, and pausing the streaming TV feed with a wave of the hand when you answer a call. He mentioned that they would be demonstrating it integrated into commercial units at the fall and winter consumer electronics shows.

Re:fingertips (1)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 6 years ago | (#23955033)

hmmm if that is the case, then it is only a matter of time until a unit comes out to translate to existing receivers Wouldnt be difficult to do the translation to infrared. Would be nice so that we can use it on the sets we already have rather than investing in a ton of new tech to use it.

Oh great... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23936689)

...now we can all learn to gurn like a bunch of retards as we desperately try (and fail) to fast-forward through the FBI Warning on pre-recorded media or through the ads in self-recorded stuff. Not only have they got us by the balls by taking away our right to use our own bought content fairly but now they can make us do tricks for their amusement. They won't be able to see us doing it in our own homes of course (not yet anyway) but I'm sure the mere thought of us contorting and spasming our faces at every 12 minute interval will have them in stiches.

Slippery slope (2, Funny)

edwebdev (1304531) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936701)

Next, they'll be teaching computers to read lips. Anyone who has seen 2001: A Space Odyssey knows that this is a bad idea.

Re:Slippery slope (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937923)

That can only be attributable to human error.

I hate that film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23942915)

Seriously, I stopped watching after 20mins of monkeys fucking around with stones. That was too much.

If it can recognize my "Stupid TiVo!" face - (2, Funny)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936709)

If it can recognize my "Stupid TiVo!" face when TiVo starts playing back one minute after (or before) I press the play button when rewinding (or fast-forwarding), well, we've got a winner here. Or at least recognize what I mean when I'm screaming "Not there! THERE! Ya piece of junk!"

Re:If it can recognize my "Stupid TiVo!" face - (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 6 years ago | (#23939155)

That's a generally highly respected feature of Tivos. I believe it's patented too.

If you don't want it to jump back, use 30 sec skip instead.
type select play select 3 0 select
on the remote... Now the -> key skips 30 secs in normal play mode.

TFA (2, Informative)

msaver (907214) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936749)

A researcher has discovered a way to use facial expressions to speed and slow video playback.

By using a combination of facial expression recognition software and automated tutoring technology Jacob Whitehill, a computer science Ph.D. student from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, is leading the project that ultimately is part of a larger venture to use automated facial expression recognition to make robots more effective teachers.

The researchers recently conducted a pilot test with 8 people that demonstrated information within the facial expressions people make while watching recorded video lectures can be used to predict a person's preferred viewing speed of the video and how difficult a person perceives the lecture at each moment in time.

"If I am a student dealing with a robot teacher and I am completely puzzled and yet the robot keeps presenting new material, that's not going to be very useful to me. If, instead, the robot stops and says, 'Oh, maybe you're confused,' and I say, 'Yes, thank you for stopping,' that's really good," said Whitehill in a release.

Recent advances in the fields of pattern recognition, computer vision, and machine learning have made automatic facial expression recognition in real-time a viable resource for intelligent tutoring systems (ITS), researchers added. As facial expression recognition technology improves in accuracy, the range of its application will grow. One particular application we are currently developing is a \smart video player" which modulates the video speed in real-time based on the user's facial expression so that the rate of lesson presentation is optimal for the current user, researchers said.

In the pilot study, researcher said the facial movements people made when they perceived the lecture to be difficult varied widely from person to person. Most of the 8 test subjects, however, blinked less frequently during difficult parts of the lecture than during easier portions of the lecture, which is supported by findings in psychology.

One of the next steps for this project is to determine what facial movements one person naturally makes when they are exposed to difficult or easy lecture material. From here, researchers could train a user specific model that predicts when a lecture should be sped up or slowed down based on the spontaneous facial expressions a person makes.

The goal of UC San Diego's Machine Perception Laboratory is to gain insights into how the brain works by developing systems that perceive and interact with humans in real time using natural communication channels. Researchers are also developing algorithms for robots that develop and learn to interact with people on their own. Applications include personal robots, perceptive tutoring systems, and system for clinical assessment, monitoring, and intervention.

Interested in hypermiling [hypermpgs.com] ?

Apply face liberally (4, Funny)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936753)

Oh, oh, facial recognition. That makes a lot more sense. When I read the headline, I first thought it was going to suggest that if you lose the remote, get up and bash the buttons on the DVD player with your forehead or something.

A similar system applied to computer keyboards would certainly make IT and data entry more interesting professions...

Re:Apply face liberally (1)

niceone (992278) | more than 6 years ago | (#23938057)

Oh, oh, facial recognition.

Yeah, because faecal recognition would be kind of messy.

Obligatory Hitchhikers... (4, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936779)

For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive -- you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same programme.

Makes for an interesting CSI episode (1)

kiehlster (844523) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936845)

Lets see... according to the speed of playback, I'd say the attacker jumped around the corner and startled John Doe before killing him and fleeing. It's clear that John Doe was a sports fan and configured his system to slow the video down when the current game play is unexpectedly upsetting.

Re:Makes for an interesting CSI episode (1)

daveatneowindotnet (1309197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937299)

I can already hear the inappropriate one liner. "Looks like he lost his face for TV" *cue The Who*

The best interface (4, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936871)

Until we develop a neural link, all other interfaces will be poor substitutes. Of course there are drawbacks like the possibility that it will become The Matrix. Even if it worked, it might work too well:

[Average male watching TV]
[Average Male thought]: Hey! Football is on.
[Neural Link switches to football]
[Average Male thought]: Damn, a commercial. What else is on?
[Neural Link begins switching channels at a breathtaking rate. Epilleptics in room start convulsing]
[Average Male thought]: Is the game back on?
[Neural Link switches back to football]
[Average Male thought]: Damn, another commercial. Hey that girl is hot!
[Neural Link switches to Playboy channel and dims lights]
[Male's Significant Other stares at him in disgust]

Re:The best interface (1)

Digital End (1305341) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937693)

I wonder exactly how 'trackable' your ... I guess "Thought Voice" really is. When you talk out loud in your own head... or for that matter if everyone CAN do that.

Differences in mental make up are going to make direct interface devices a pain in the arse, but if we can all at least 'talk' in our heads, it would be a good step... even if everyone had their own translator (which I'm sure they would)

Re:The best interface (1)

AgentSmith (69695) | more than 6 years ago | (#23938423)

Hey! I like that idea.

But you forgot the punchline

[Male's Significant Other stares at him in disgust]
[Neural Link switches switches to Dr. Phil]
[Male's Ex-Significant Other walks in and yells]
[Neural Link switches to Jerry Springer. Convulsing Epileptics start chanting Jerry! Jerry!]

I gotta tell the boss!

msgsend to 1.1.1.1

Architect. Suggest appropriate changes to Matrix. Note previous text. End Msg;

chkmsg from 1.1.1.1

Process AgentSmith. Suggested changes failed in nodes 1456:456-1456:468. Matrix change denied.
BTW. Get back to work and stop posting on Slashdot. End Msg;

!!! How did he know?!!!

Re:The best interface (1)

jefedesign (869140) | more than 6 years ago | (#23939097)

And if I lose my face what happens? No more TV?

Interesting (2, Funny)

iXiXi (659985) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936893)

So when you are nodding off late at night, what happens? Does the volume go up and down? That could create an infinite loop. I bet if my neighbor's wife looked at the TV it would change the channel to the Sci-fi network.

And in an ironic twist... (1)

Grendel_Prime (178874) | more than 6 years ago | (#23936975)

... when you do this in front of other people because of a lost remote, now you lose face as well.

Finally, can auto skip Shyamalan films (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23937107)

Finally, a system that will automatically fast forward past m night shyamalan and uwe boll films purely by observing my natural reactions.

Hmmm (4, Funny)

ubrgeek (679399) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937137)

> The next Slashdot story will be ready soon, but subscribers can beat the rush and see it early!

*look of boredom*
Nope, didn't help ...

Help desk (3, Funny)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937139)

Cool! We could apply this to computers and do away with the mouse...

Typical day at the support desk:

Support: "Hello, how can I help you?"
User: "Hi, I can't see how to open an application"
Support: "OK, you need to look at the application you want to open"
User: "OK"
Support: "Now, double blink with your left eye"
User: "Hey! That did it!"
Support: "Great, is there anything else I can help you with?"
User: "Yeah, sometimes I'll be doing stuff and the popup menu will appear, it's quite annoying"
Support: "Hmmm, perhaps you suffer from a nervous twitch"
User: "Actually, I do have a problem in my right eye, that's probably it!"
Support: "Thanks for calling, bye now."

Re:Help desk (1)

Digital End (1305341) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937729)

Caller: I'm trying to open my browser, but nothings happening

Tech: Are you thinking about your browser or tacos?

Caller: Tacos

Tech: Ah, common problem. Think about your browser.

Caller: Ahhhh! That did it! Thank you!

You have clearly never been in support (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 6 years ago | (#23946287)

Support: "Now, double blink with your left eye"
User: "Your left, or my left?"

(I'm also allowing for the possibility that the user knows the word "eye", which is dubious at best. Because, you see, whereas many people would say "those two round vision organs on your head are your eyes", this particular user has called those his "orbs" for the last 40 years whippersnapper, and the rest of the world should conform to his nomenclature.)

Just a thought... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23937169)

Flipping through the channels is gonna get ugly.

hands, people! (1)

Nudo (1118587) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937171)

I usually walk up to the TV and use my hands.

Only 8 subjects? (1)

cavis (1283146) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937269)

The 9th person in the test sneezed and the television exploded.

i get it (1)

hurfy (735314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937291)

When i am bored it will speed up the tape so the professor sounds like the chipmunks ... this might actually have worked with my chemistry professor :)

He always reminded me of the adults in a Peanuts video anyways.....

Using your face for remote control (-1, Troll)

rpiquepa (644694) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937357)

Please look at my ZDNet column [zdnet.com] for additional references about this research work.

So if (1)

jalet (36114) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937507)

if I put my finger in my nose, does it understand that I want to watch some porn ?

To quote Douglas Adams (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 6 years ago | (#23937925)

"...this meant you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to avoid constantly changing the channel"

Oh great... (1)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 6 years ago | (#23938643)

So not only will we be watching more TV, but we'll develop an uncontrollable twitch....

Anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23938653)

Wouldn't it be much easier to use your fingers to push the TV set buttons than your face?

I wanted to RTFA (1)

Amisinthe (1308593) | more than 6 years ago | (#23939081)

But copious use of the word "facial" caused the site to be blocked.

Sounds good but what if...? (1)

tristian_was_here (865394) | more than 6 years ago | (#23939143)

What if your annoying identical twin comes round and decided to rewind or fast-forward the movie your watching?

I need a life (1)

ibmjones (52133) | more than 6 years ago | (#23940317)

I read the last sentence as "Use The Force."

mo3 Up (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23940417)

thAt should be [goat.cx]

This will be problematic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23940729)

I'm pretty sure that the facial expression from watching porn will be the one which rapidly raises the volume up.

Old news (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 6 years ago | (#23940863)

I've lost the remote plenty of times. I told my room mate that if did not change the channel that I was going to use his face to do it.

It worked remarkably well.

Stupid (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 6 years ago | (#23941345)

I don't want a vcr that i am supposed to make faces at! I want to be able to give it the finger and have it know what i mean - that would be nifty.

Has cancer been cured? (0, Troll)

Hackerlish (1308763) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943169)

> "A researcher has discovered a way to use facial expressions to speed and slow video playback. It must have, since academics have time to explore the new depths of laziness.

Didn't work (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 6 years ago | (#23944431)

I tried using a similar input device on my computer, but whenever I showed it my face, the computer would crash.

- RG>

Recognition camera? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23960735)

remember when Comcast or some cable company wanted to put cameras in their cable boxes (supposedly to see how many people watch cause 1 tv could mean more than 1 viewer blahblah)

what a great new thing to use to implement that! now you can be spied on 24/7 while making stupid faces!

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