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Opera Launches Facial Gesture Capability

CmdrTaco posted about 5 years ago | from the because-they-can dept.

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cstrep writes "Eight years ago, Opera introduced Mouse Gestures as a way to speed up your interaction with the browser, and focus on what's important: Content. In 2005, Voice Navigation was introduced, and more recently we've worked with Nintendo to create a browser that takes full advantage of the 'Wiimote' and later, the touchscreen in the DSi. Today Opera introduces Face Gestures, a revolutionary technology designed to make interacting with Opera easier on computers with cameras. Face Gestures lets you perform frequent browsing operations with natural and easy to make face gestures. By using an internal technology dubbed 'Face Observation Opera Language,' we are able to recognize pre-determined facial expressions and match them to commands on the Opera browser."

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Goatse? (5, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 5 years ago | (#27414595)

Will it automatically close the tab when you screw up your face in disgust?

April fool?

The japanese version (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414669)

Will have a bukkake recognition feature.

Re:The japanese version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414783)

OH?
Nih hong tie hai mai burrakke-shi. Nishiritonomoto. kekekekekeke

Re:The japanese version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414943)

Go back to japanese 101 imo.

Re:Goatse? (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 5 years ago | (#27414769)

Yes. In addition, if your eyes pop out of their sockets and you start to drool, it automatically finds more porn like the stuff you're looking at.

Re:Goatse? (1)

Alereon (660683) | about 5 years ago | (#27414875)

It will automatically rickroll you with the hope that the memes cancel eachother out!

Re:Goatse? (1)

powerlord (28156) | about 5 years ago | (#27415143)

Can you chose which version you get? (I always liked the Obama Rickroll mashup, certainly effective for driving other thoughts from your head)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | about 5 years ago | (#27415337)

My face is melted off, you insensitive clod!

Re:Raiders of the Lost Ark (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27415561)

My face is melted off, you insensitive clod!

Serves you right you Nazi bastard!

Re:Goatse? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27415957)

Adult Web sites: Users visiting Web sites that contain adult content sometimes make unconscious facial expressions. If Opera keeps opening Speed Dial and Zooming In and Out, please be aware that this not a bug. It may be useful to disable Face Gestures for a better experience. Also remember that wiping your cache is recommend after visiting untrusted websites.

Awesome (0, Redundant)

Spazztastic (814296) | about 5 years ago | (#27414603)

Now you no longer have to scramble to X out of whatever awful shock site you have been sent to! It will automatically recognize the grotesque look on your face and close it!

Re:Awesome (1)

rnaiguy (1304181) | about 5 years ago | (#27416193)

It would actually be kinda cool if it would minimize your browser whenever you looked/walked away, and restore it when you look back.

Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (0, Flamebait)

erroneus (253617) | about 5 years ago | (#27414613)

...may as well not read slashdot today. Am I the only one who truly dislikes April 1st and all the crap that people do "to celebrate"?

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (4, Funny)

Spazztastic (814296) | about 5 years ago | (#27414629)

...may as well not read slashdot today. Am I the only one who truly dislikes April 1st and all the crap that people do "to celebrate"?

Translation: Get off my lawn.

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414991)

Shut up, grandpa. Go tie a new onion on your belt.

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27415033)

I would rather be caught masturbating than using Opera with face gestures.

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (3, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 5 years ago | (#27415327)

Good news everyone! That's one of the gestures! - Professor Farnsworth

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (2, Funny)

Kryis (947024) | about 5 years ago | (#27415379)

If it is recognising facial gestures, you probably will get caught

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (1)

N1AK (864906) | about 5 years ago | (#27414695)

No, loads of other people also get inexplicably wound up with joke news being posted for one day out of every 365.24. Personally I can't say I'd miss April fools if it went, there is such a bad shit vs funny ratio in 'fools' but fortunately a sense of perspective stops me really giving a damn, YMMV.

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (0)

pzs (857406) | about 5 years ago | (#27414805)

Aside from stupid newspaper articles, I also hate the practical jokes of April fools.

Maybe I have no sense of humour, but playing pranks or practical jokes on somebody strikes me as far more sadistic than funny. Oh look! I've completely humiliated my friend by making them look like a complete moron! How hilarious!

No lawns available today.

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (4, Insightful)

hal2814 (725639) | about 5 years ago | (#27414953)

My personal rule for practical jokes is that they are fun provided nobody involved would mind being the victim. Based on what I'm reading, you're too thin skinned to enjoy them so I'd neither play one on you nor expect one from you. But there are plenty of people on this earth who don't associate a small joke at someone else's expense as abject humiliation or a sign that the victim is a moron. I've been on both ends of practical jokes. To me, being the occasional victim is worth the enjoyment others get from them. And pulling one off is worth the effort given the victim is a good sport about it.

+5 In The Mood! (3, Funny)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | about 5 years ago | (#27415455)

I know that when I come to /. on April 1, what I'm looking for is an even-handed, discerning discussion of the ethics of comedy, with due attention to qualifications and ramifications.

Re:+5 In The Mood! (2, Interesting)

ebh (116526) | about 5 years ago | (#27415753)

OK, discuss the ethical ramifications of this one:

I am up for a promotion at work. My cheap-bastard boss's boss is holding it up because he thinks he'll get a gold star for saving the money, and probably won't let it go through until he has my resignation letter in hand. I don't want it to come to that.

I'm a sysadmin and I rarely wear anything but blue jeans to work. My April Fool's joke is that I told them I was taking this morning off to "take care of some personal business". I'm going to show up at lunchtime in a dress shirt and suit pants, letting them believe that my "personal business" was an interview. They'll see through it quickly, but I want that half-second of panic to stick.

Discuss.

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414855)

So instead of engaging in such timewasting activities, you're posting on Slashdot? pr0

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (0, Troll)

elrous0 (869638) | about 5 years ago | (#27415017)

At least it only comes once a year. I just hope they don't expand it into a whole month, like they did with Negro History Week. By the end of the month people will have to resort to just farting in each other's faces.

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 5 years ago | (#27416405)

For the idiot who marked me troll, I guess someone doesn't know his Black History Month history. It really did start out as "Negro History Week." I guess not everyone cares enough about black history enough to know that wasn't a joke. Fucking racists.

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (1)

maxume (22995) | about 5 years ago | (#27415179)

It isn't just Slashdot, it is Internet Jackass Day (with apologies to Andy Baio: http://waxy.org/2004/04/internet_jackas/ [waxy.org] ).

I think the editors here probably won't ever sink to the depths that was OMG Ponies! ever again, as that lasted 24 hours longer than was funny (and probably had a noticeable impact on traffic).

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (1)

Invicta{HOG} (38763) | about 5 years ago | (#27415415)

I personally look forward to Slashdot's April Fools jokes each year. There's often some quite funny self-deprecating humor they report on...

Re:Oh yeah, it's April 1st... (1)

shish (588640) | about 5 years ago | (#27416243)

...may as well not read slashdot today

So... don't? It's not like one day of not-slacking will hurt *that* much :P

I love facial gestures (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 5 years ago | (#27414639)

Except for the part where the browser "went potty" all over me.

Stupid teletubbies site. Who knew big purple "things" dancing = orgasm to Opera?

I was wondering when it would start.... (1)

ptbarnett (159784) | about 5 years ago | (#27414653)

For a short while, I thought maybe Slashdot would forego the usual orgy of April Fool's jokes this year.

Re:I was wondering when it would start.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414853)

you mean like last year?

FOOL (5, Informative)

BaatZ (850474) | about 5 years ago | (#27414659)

Face Observation Opera Language == FOOL. quite obvious but a pitty, i'd like this feature !

Re:FOOL (1)

91degrees (207121) | about 5 years ago | (#27414727)

Yes. Too obvious. We're looking for April Fools as it is.

I suspect it won't be long before someone does try to implement a working version. Might even work. The proposed gestures do seem reasonably intuitive.

Re:FOOL (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 5 years ago | (#27414729)

You only think I guessed wrong! That's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha...*falls over dead*

Re:FOOL (1)

wild_quinine (998562) | about 5 years ago | (#27414785)

Face Observation Opera Language == FOOL. quite obvious but a pitty, i'd like this feature !

I wouldn't have a problem with these April Fool's jokes if they were actually funny/unpredictable. But they keep dragging out the same tired old shit... it's like a Nintendo conference.

Re:FOOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414915)

From the manual:
Face Gestures is compatible with most types of facial hair and haircuts. But if your face is covered with more than 25% of facial hair, recognition errors may occur. Please note that handlebars and goatees are compatible independently but if combined recognition will decrease. At the moment soul-patches crashes the browser and it refuses to relaunch, we are looking into this problem. Bushmen beards and emo haircuts are not supported.

Re:FOOL (1)

IBBoard (1128019) | about 5 years ago | (#27415271)

Yeah, it was a rather obvious one. Also, you'd be a bit screwed if you had an uncontrollable facial twitch! /me wonders how many other people post for the sake of racking up the "April Fool" achievement

Re:FOOL (1)

sobachatina (635055) | about 5 years ago | (#27415647)

wonders how many other people post for the sake of racking up the "April Fool" achievement

I would guess quite a few. :)

Re:FOOL (1)

luke2063 (1137533) | about 5 years ago | (#27415751)

/me wonders how many other people post for the sake of racking up the "April Fool" achievement

One more here...

Re:FOOL (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | about 5 years ago | (#27415841)

well lets see of the readers of slashdot subtract the ones now dealing with the conficker worm or the ones that just decided to stay off the net on this day and the ones that have an account but don't post

oh several thousands

face not a good input device keys hurt to much

Re:FOOL (1)

Scutter (18425) | about 5 years ago | (#27415501)

Most of the time, I can't even get mouse gestures to work reliably. Can't even imagine trying to get this to work.

Re:FOOL (1)

Wizard Drongo (712526) | about 5 years ago | (#27416045)

It *could* actually work. We're already seeing natural gestures in touch. If you rig up a camera to watch the facial movements of a user, you could specify various movements to do things. Blink - close tab. Blink twice - close window. Wink with left eye - new tab kinda thing.

pron mode (1)

hansamurai (907719) | about 5 years ago | (#27414697)

When you start staring longingly at the screen while beginning to sweat a little, it knows what to do.

Could actually be useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414781)

You know some handicapped people would actually find this pretty useful...

Re:Could actually be useful (1)

maccallr (240314) | about 5 years ago | (#27414893)

You know some handicapped people would actually find this pretty useful...

Not just for the handicapped...

A fairly easy facial expression to recognise would be the "leaning forward and screwing up the eyes"... the browser could automatically zoom in and/or enlarge the font size.

You know, if this weren't a joke.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414809)

It might almost be a good idea...

Great. Just great. (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 5 years ago | (#27414827)

As if I didn't already look like a complete moron at first sight. Now I will look like a *grimacing* complete moron.

Fail, but still funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414839)

Out of all this fail, there rises two rather funny quotes from the site:

"At the moment soul-patches crashes the browser and it would refuse to relaunch, we are looking into this problem. Bushmen beards and emo haircuts are not supported.

and

Adult Web sites: Users visiting Web sites that contain adult content sometimes make unconscious facial expressions. If Opera keeps opening Speed Dial and Zooming In and Out, please be aware that this not a bug. It may be useful to disable Face Gestures for a better experience. Also remember that wiping your cache is recommend after visiting untrusted websites.

I Hate April 1st (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27414871)

When will the hurting stop? Check /. on April 1st is such a waste of time.

Dear lord! I hope my mother was wrong about... (4, Funny)

Chyeld (713439) | about 5 years ago | (#27414879)

So... that whole thing about "don't make faces dear, someday it'll freeze like that" makes me a bit worried. What happens when I pull a muscle and all the sudden Opera takes it as my "O" face and keeps popping up porn sites?

PS. Anyone else notice the Achievements section in their profile now? ^_^

Not Opera original (4, Funny)

halber_mensch (851834) | about 5 years ago | (#27414899)

This technology was originally patented by Atypical Peripheral Recognition Intelligence Laboratories as "Facial Orientation Observation Language".

Re:Not Opera original (1)

EricWright (16803) | about 5 years ago | (#27415609)

Atypical Peripherals? I thought most everyone had a face... ;-)

Many of us frequently plant it in our desks with excessive force, particularly on the first of April.

Perl in signature? (1)

Myria (562655) | about 5 years ago | (#27416119)

I don't have Perl installed on this Windows machine. What does your signature do? (Assuming "eval" is replaced with "print")

A suggestion (1)

BuzzLY (267639) | about 5 years ago | (#27414903)

If you are going to post an April Fool's joke, it's probably best not to use "aprilfool" as one of the keywords.

I'm just sayin'...

Re:A suggestion (1)

Cube Steak (1520237) | about 5 years ago | (#27414989)

You do realize that the tags are added by readers not the editor, right?

Re:A suggestion (1)

BuzzLY (267639) | about 5 years ago | (#27415121)

Of course... I'm just saying that adding the aprilfool tag spoils the joke. Unfortunately, many Slashdotters are killjoys, so it shouldn't surprise me.

Re:A suggestion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27415237)

That's what April Fools wants you to think!

May be april fools, but... (1, Insightful)

Lord Bitman (95493) | about 5 years ago | (#27415003)

It's no less stupid than "mouse gestures"

Re:May be april fools, but... (1)

MistrBlank (1183469) | about 5 years ago | (#27415109)

I know it's a joke too, but someone will actually implement this because it just gave them the idea...

I wouldn't be surprised if someone had already started working on it with a webcamera.

Re:May be april fools, but... (1)

TurboNed (1370389) | about 5 years ago | (#27415549)

Actually, to take it a step further, it might be less stupid than mouse gestures. Sure, the implementation's not trivial, but once it works *snicker* it would be easier than fiddling with your mouse to get stuff done.

in other news... (1)

owlnation (858981) | about 5 years ago | (#27415045)

...Firefox announced that the latest upgrade has multi-threading capability, the awesome bar has been removed, all the memory leaks fixed, and that all new features will be bundled as add-ons rather than built-in, so that users have a choice whether or not to keep them installed.

What? It's just as likely as face recognition! I believe it is also codenamed: FirePony.

WTF!?!? (1)

M-RES (653754) | about 5 years ago | (#27415219)

OMG. LOL.

Hey, this is great, my machine just typed that by observing my facial gestures! I didn't realise Safari already had this built in

Oh, but aren't 'facial gestures' normally called 'expressions'? ;P

Imagine the fun you could have if this was real - having a default action that recognised some of the more well known 'first goatse' expressions. It could learn them from the flickr group

April Fools Day (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 5 years ago | (#27415373)

What about The Onion? Are they supposed to post real news all day or something?

Won't somebody think of The Onion!

Move along, nothing to see here... (1)

FlatWhatson (802600) | about 5 years ago | (#27415381)

I'm just doing this for the achievement!

If it were real (1)

computerman413 (1122419) | about 5 years ago | (#27415425)

If it were real, it would be pretty stupid. Why would anybody want to keep their face in a given position to use their browser? Not to mention outside distractions causing reactions that would throw off the browser. All in all, Google's CADIE [google.com] is the cooler joke.

Gold Digger (1)

manlygeek (958223) | about 5 years ago | (#27415823)

So what do you supposed it does when you pick your nose.... Oh, yeah, that's right, it browses microsoft.com!

What about surprise and/or disgust? (1)

rafa (491) | about 5 years ago | (#27415961)

So, what does the browser do when the user recoils in horror after clicking a goatse link? Zoom? Laugh? Redirect to tubgirl?

Gotta ask but... (1)

Aklarr (1463653) | about 5 years ago | (#27416073)

Wouldn't the browser get confused if you had a really angry look on your face, or if you were drooling over the porn you watch of some blonde blue eyed woman with artificial breasts? :p

April Fools (1)

Dodder (1410959) | about 5 years ago | (#27416123)

I like the name of the technology, 'Face Observation Opera Language'. Cause that's what you'd look like using it.

O-face? (1)

jimwormold (1451913) | about 5 years ago | (#27416167)

I wonder what the default action might be if I made my O-face as in... "If things go well I might be showing her my O-face"

Spurious (1)

ajlitt (19055) | about 5 years ago | (#27416181)

I hope this has a low-pass filter, otherwise people with a facial tic might wind up somewhere unexpected.

What if (1)

+Addict-09+ (239664) | about 5 years ago | (#27416213)

Too bad this is a joke, I would love it if while reading a web page I stare at a link for more than 3 seconds the browser follows that link. Obviously needs to be thought out but hey we can create the security hole now, and patch later.

I better go file patent!

TGM

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